Countdown to Halloween Pet Safety #1

Death by Chocolate–and other lurking pet-poisons

What hazards lurk in the treat basket?
One of the biggest hazards to your pet at Halloween is the treat basket by the door. Chocolate is a major no-no (causes heart and nervous system damage), the artificial sweetener Xylitol is poison to your pet (liver failure hazard), and even that “healthy” box of raisins could cause kidney failure.
Here are the top “Dog DON’Ts”
Cat “DOs” and “DON’Ts”
Keep the human treats for the human trick-or-treaters. Fix your own, or invest in some pet-appropriate treats for you beloved furry companions. 
More appropriate dog treats–recipes available from Cesar’s Way.
Petfinder offers recipes for both cats and dogs.
And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
IMAGES: the spilled bucket of Halloween treats photo is from Fabulously Frugal. Many thanks also to Animal General for the great poster of foods that are dangerous for dogs, and to Kara’s Critter Care, for the handy “Cat DOs and DON’Ts” chart. Thanks to Cesar’s Way for the photo of the bowl of dog treats (along with some homemade treat recipes to try), and to Petfinder for the image of treats for both dogs and cats (plus more recipes).

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Kansas City-based Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and teacher. She makes nationally-recognized paper sculpture and writes sf mystery novels about a sapient police dog.

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