Halloween is almost upon us and while this wonderfully spooky holiday is all fun and games for humans, it can be rough on our canine companions. Here are five tips for keeping your dog safe this Hallows’ Eve.

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Treacherous Treats

We’re all aware that chocolate — in all forms — can be very dangerous for dogs. However, candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. Small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar which leads to loss of coordination and seizures.

Keep Halloween candy well out of reach of your dogs at all times. If you think your dog may have consumed chocolate or xylitol, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

 

Dangerous Decorations

If you enjoy decorating your home for Halloween, be extra cautious when placing candles and Jack-O-Lanterns. Dogs can easily be burned or singed by candle flames – or worse, knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.

 

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Detrimental Disguises

If you plan on dressing your dog, make …

October is the American Humane Society’s Adopt-A-Dog Month. It is also the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. These two pillars in animal welfare have made October into a rallying point for animal lovers all over the U.S.

Millions of animals are surrendered to shelters every year and many of them never get to experience a forever home. One way that we can help is by celebrating Adopt-A-Dog Month! Here’s how.

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Adopt a Dog

If this is the right time for you to adopt, there are over 3,500 animal shelters in the United States- you can almost certainly find a shelter near you! As a bonus, the ASPCA is spreading awareness of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by offering lowered adoption fees for dogs over 40 pounds all month.

If you’re not sure if you should adopt a dog, for whatever reason, there are plenty of great articles available that cover the ins-and-outs of dog adoption. Do some research and address your concerns.

But remember to adopt! Especially this month, give a rescue or shelter dog a chance, …

Many of us take for granted what our furry friends are capable of. We see them struggling with a stubborn toy or surprised by a filled bowl of food, and it’s easy to look down on them. Every once in a while, however, we’ll hear a story about a dog that defies our expectations. A story that really reminds us that long ago dogs weren’t just pets to humans; they were an active contributor to our community. We hunted together, we journeyed together and we survived together.

It’s funny nowadays, then, when our dogs don’t need us, but instead we need them. Here are five stories of amazing canine companions proving that they’re more than just our friends – they’re heroes.

Unshakable Loyalty

There are few times in our recent history when we were more in need than on September 11, 2001. Most of us remember where we were that day, but for Omar Rivera and Michael Hingson, it was a personal experience.

Omar and Michael worked in the World Trade Center and, though they didn’t know each other, they shared one other trait: both …

While most of us would find ourselves drawn to the Labrador (as I look at Vince, my black lab), a surprising amount of dog owners choose the beagle. For the last 10 years in the United States, the beagle has placed in the top 5 most popular dog breeds, and while this could be blamed on Snoopy, I’m here to hopefully encourage our readers to reconsider before it’s too late.

Nose First

The beagle belongs to the group of dog breeds labeled hounds, which are bred for their abilities to track and assist in hunting prey. Their nose is so sensitive it can be used to detect termite infestations or follow even the most elusive hare when the iconic king of tracking, the blood hound, would fail! As such, the beagle will commonly find itself distracted by new and interesting smells. Many problems owners will run into, therefore, are when the beagle’s attention is caught by a new smell. At this point it can be almost impossible to get their attention until their curiosity is sated. Be prepared for lots of walks and for …

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