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Happy Halloween….

Some people love dressing up their dogs and some people are very against it, so how many of you out there will be dressing their dogs up for Halloween tonight?

I don’t have strong feelings either way but will probably put devils horns on my dogs when they run to the door for the trick or treaters. We have many children locally who know the dogs well and the dogs love them coming to the door so that’s fine with me.

Playing “dress up” with your dog needs to be handled on an individual basis. Every dog is different, and some dogs that are fine wearing costumes one day might change their minds the next. Also, any costume that obstructs your dog’s ability to do dog stuff is not a good idea. Nothing should prevent your pup from reaching his food or water bowl, and nothing should stop him from lying down or moving freely. If your dog is walking funny or showing any signs of discomfort, it’s time to remove the costume.

So if you are dressing up your dog and they are fine with it….send us a photo. If they are uncomfy, take it off and no harm done!

Here are some safety tips for tonight..

Trick-or-treat sweets are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t leave pets out in the garden on Halloween.

If you live where there are lots of trick and treaters around, keep your dogs inside, Some of these costumes are pretty scary!

Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, is scary for some of our furry friends.

Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date.

Today at the refuge we had one reservation and two arrivals. Tomorrow is All Saints day and as its a national holiday the refuge will be shut so these two doggies will have to wait until Wednesday, even if the owners are looking at them!











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