Greetings and Happy Halloween! Today is the start of the festive season and almost everyone enjoys festivities, especially when they are centered around foods, lights, and dressing up, either in costumes or holiday attire. With all of that being said, I would like to offer a few words of warning: first of all, if you have decided to dress your pet in a Halloween costume, I would like to suggest that you do not laugh at them. While they may look funny and are probably very cute, what needs to be understood is that pets DO HAVE feelings and if they are laughed at, they could want to hide or even run away. My first job was working with a groomer and one of the things that she taught to all of her clients, especially during the summer months when people would bring their dogs in to have them shaved, was that they should NEVER laugh at their dog. Most people would head this advise but sadly, others would not, and dogs would run away or show a huge aversion to want to be put into a costume or to be brought back to the groomer. Secondly, please keep all of the candies and goodies far out of reach from your pets. There are ingredients in these items that can be toxic and deadly to our beloved fur babies. Thirdly, please remember never to feed chicken or turkey bones to your dog as these bones can splinter and cause punctures in the stomach and or intestinal wall.

With tonight being the official trick-or-treat night, there may be several kids coming to your house for their treats. Please be mindful of your pets, that they are not running out the front door and getting lost in all of the excitement that is tonight. It can certainly be one of the most enjoyable nights of the year so let’s remain mindful to making sure that happens.

I hope that each and everyone of you has an amazing start to this festive season and that we stay healthy, happy, and safe.

Many blessings to you and your four-legged-loves. ~ Tammy

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