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Dottie's Corner
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January 23, 2018

10/31/2017 3:07:00 PM
Dottie's Corner

Canine Contributor

EARS Golf Tournament
There is still time to sign up for the EARS Open, Scramble Golf Tournament scheduled for 8:30am SaturdayNovember 4 at the Rotonda Hills Golf Course, 100 Rotonda Cir. Tee off to help pets in need and have a great day on the course doing so. $300 per Foursome, $75 per person,which includes golf, cart, prizes and lunch. There will also be raffles. Help Englewood Area Animal Rescue save lives! Contact: Carole 410•200•4824 or Mary 207•400•7458


Pet Safety at Halloween
Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? It can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these easy tips.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets
All forms of chocolate can be dangerous 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.

2. Don’t leave pets out on Halloween
Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents.

3. Keep glow sticks from pets
While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween, they can add some unwanted drama for a pet. The liquid inside is non-toxic but tastes awful. Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, become agitated, and vomit. If your pet chews on a glow stick, offer some fresh water or a meal.

4. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets
If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. 

5. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach
Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk. Chewing on electrical cords can cause a life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed. 

6. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it
If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Make sure to monitor pets while they are in costume!

7. IDs, please!
If your dog or cat should become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. 

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