Halloween Safety For Your Pets

Halloween is a fun day for humans, but it can present some safety issues for your pet. Thinking ahead can help ensure that you and your pet have a great holiday.

 Take a cue from your pet. Not every pet enjoys or tolerates clothing or costumes. If your pet appears alarmed by the costume, it may be a good idea to skip it. If you still want involve your pet in holiday fun, try a festive Halloween bandana or a pawdicure for your dog by a pet professional using Halloween colors.

 Do not leave your pet unattended in a costume. He may tear it up and ingest the materials causing bowel obstruction or poisoning in the case of metal fasteners made of zinc or lead.

 Constant doorbell ringing, loud noises and people in costume may frighten your pet and cause stress related bowel issues. Keep your pet in a safe, quiet place during this time. Also, never leave pets outdoors unattended during Halloween season. Cases of animal cruelty—especially related to black cats goes up during this time according to Humane Societies.

 Keep candy and wrappers away from Fido. Candy wrappers, sticks from lollipops and other plastics components found in some candies can cause obstruction or puncture the intestines. Excessive candy and dark chocolate can cause poisoning or pancreatitis.  Gum or other candy containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can quickly cause liver failure in dogs. Raisinsand grapes are very poisonous and can cause kidney failure in dogs and potentially cats.

 Wagging tails around Jack O’Lantern flames and candles can be dangerous. Keep your pet away from open flames.

 By following these few, simple tips—you and your pet are sure to have a fun and festive time.

 fido fido is offering a Halloween Special October 31-Nov 3.  Purchase one Explorer’s Nature Walk and get one Free walk during your dog’s boarding stay.

fido fido Partners with Life Time Athletic Atlanta Destination

In conjunction with the opening of the new Life Time Athletic Atlanta Destination in Sandy Springs, fido fido becomes a Member Advantage Partner. This means that Life Time Athletic Atlanta Destination members will now receive 15% off of boarding and daycare at fido fido. Members must present their Life Time Athletic Atlanta Destination membership card and photo ID at the time of check out. The discount only applies to dogs living in the same household as the card holder. For more information, visit http://clubs.lifetimefitness.com/Atlanta/62774/ and click on member benefits.

Foreign Objects Cause Pedigree Dog Food Recall

Mars Petcare US recalled three varieties of Pedigree weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk, the Franklin, Tenn.-based company reported Saturday.


The Best Before date (top red box) and lot code (bottom red box) allow consumers to identify recalled Pedigree cans.

The affected products may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. Mars identified the source of the plastic and resolved the issue, the company reported. Some consumers have found plastic pieces, but Mars has not received any reports of injury or illness with from the recalled food.

Mars is working with distributors and retail customers to ensure the recalled products are not being sold and are removed from inventory. The company encouraged consumers who purchased recalled cans to return them to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

The recalled products include Pedigree weight management canned dog foods with a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014, and the following UPCs and descriptions:

UPC Description
2310034974 – Pedigree Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entrée in Meaty Juices
2310001913 – Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices
2310023045 – Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-720-3335 or visit www.pedigree.com/update.

Posted July 2, 2012 on Pet Product News.