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Happy Halloween 2015!!

We love to be scared silly on Halloween. It’s part of what makes it one of my favorite holidays! (Yes, I called it a holiday and I stand by that statement.) But not all scares are of the fun ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties variety. Beware these pet health horrors come Halloween and we’ll all have a lot more fun!

  1. Be careful not to let your pet get hold of costume pieces, parts, and props. If your pet ingests them, they can cause all kinds of intestinal issues and even blockages. Eesh!
  2. As delicious as chocolate and other candies are, they can make your pet very sick. So keep your Halloween haul out of paws’ reach!
  3. I remember Halloween when I was a kid- we got what seemed like hundreds of trick-or-treaters. It was great! If you’re expecting your fair share of Halloween revelers, be sure to keep your pet safely secured. The last thing you want is your cat or dog bolting out the front door!
  4. While carving your pumpkin is an essential part of celebrating All Hallow’s Eve, they’re a virtual petri dish of bacteria. There’s also the danger of burns from the candles inside. Keep little lips and paws safe by putting your pumpkins out of reach and lighting them with faux candles.

If you notice your pet behaving strangely, i.e. weakness, hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., be sure to get them to the vet immediately or call one of these hotlines:

  • Pet Poison Hotline 1-800-213-6680
  • Animal Poison Control 1-888-426-4435

Instead of candy, give your fuzzy friend one of these delicious pumpkin meatballs and they’ll haunt you for another one! Bwahaha!

Pumpkin Meatballs

  • 1 lb. of ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then roll into 1 inch meatballs and place each a 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on top. Let cool and serve. Freeze unused portions you are not using in the next few days.

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Have a Happy, Healthy Fall

Aaaah, fall…my favorite time of year! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the humidity of the summer is a fuzzy memory, which makes my hair very happy. But with all that loveliness comes the possibility of allergies. Yup, your pets get them too. Here are some suggestions on how to banish the itchies and make autumn your pet’s favorite season too!

  • You can’t avoid nature, and why would you want to? Instead, give your dog or cat a bath during allergy season to rinse off all of those potential irritants. Make sure you keep their bedding clean too!
  • I know, I know…no one wants to make an extra trip to the vet, least of all your pet. But as soon as you notice any symptoms of an allergy attack, i.e. itching, sneezing, runny nose, high tail it to the doctor. Believe me, it’ll be better in the long run. No one wants a hot spot; ask my dog Maggie.
  • Sometimes changing your pet’s diet can help. By adding things like fatty fish, eggs, sweet potatoes, and honey to their diet, you can help banish the itchies. These foods have an anti-inflammatory effect on your fuzzy buddy, which is healthy in every way possible, including for allergies.
  • If nothing else seems to do the trick, ask your vet about immunotherapy. This is when your pet gets exposed to a tiny amount of his or her allergen on a regular basis, thereby building up an immunity to it. It’s just like the allergy shots we get.

Like cooking for your pets? Then try this recipe to help your fuzzy friend feel better!
Before feeding this, or anything for that matter, to your pet, make sure that none of the ingredients are known allergens for your pet.

Bee-Healthy Egg Scramble

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, extra virgin unrefined
  • 1 egg, omega-3 enriched
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp. spirulina powder

Directions
In a small skillet, heat coconut oil over low heat. Add egg ad lightly scramble. Transfer egg to a separate bow, allow to cool, and add spirulina and honey.

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