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No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents from The ASPCA

Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy & Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs & cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

30 Common Human Medicines for Dogs

• Anbesol: topical anesthetic for mouth pain
• Artificial Tears: eye lubricant
• Aveeno Oatmeal Bath: soothing rinse for itchy skin
• Benadryl: antihistamine for bug bites-also makes pets sleepy
• Betadine: antiseptic for cleansing/soaking wounds or injuries
• Bufferin or Baby Aspirin: pain relief
• Burow's solution: topical antiseptic
• Caladryl: soothing topical for pain or itching
• Cortaid: anti-itch cream
• Desitin: for skin inflammation
• Dramamine: helpful for car sickness, nausea
• Dulcolax: for constipation
• Epsom salts: for soothing soak for sore paws
• Ipecac Syrup: to make dog vomit
• Kaopectate: to control diarrhea
• Lanacane: topical anesthetic
• Massengill Disposable Douche: body odor/skunk spray
• Metamucil (unflavored): for constipation
• Mylanta Liquid: for digestive problems and/or gas
• Neosporin: to help prevent wound infection
• Pedialyte: counteracts dehydration
• Pepcid AC: to control vomiting
• Pepto-Bismol: for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
• Phillips' Milk of Magnesia: for constipation
• Preparation H: soothes sore bottom
• Robitussin Pediatric Cough Formula: cough suppressant
• Solarcaine: topical anesthetic, helpful for sunburn
• Vicks VapoRub: for congestion
• Witch hazel: topical antiseptic

23 Helpful Household Items

In the best of all possible worlds, emergencies never happen or if they do, dog owners have a professional medical kit handy. These should be stocked with sterile gauze pads in different sizes, elastic Ace bandages, needle-less syringes and eyedroppers for medication and even stretchers. You can buy commercial kits from pet supply stores and catalogues or put together your own, and it's very helpful to have a handy pet first aid how-to guide handy.

But all too often pet owners don't think about being prepared until after the first emergency. If you find yourself faced with a doggy health crises you may be surprised how many everyday items around the house or in your pantry can be helpful.

• Blanket/cookie sheet/ironing board: stretcher
• Bubble Wrap: stabilize leg fracture/injury
• Canned Pumpkin: for constipation or diarrhea
• Condoms: to cover injured/bleeding paw
• Dawn Dishwashing Soap: decontaminate fur
• Heat pad: for arthritis/aches
• Hose/sink spray: flushing wounds
• Hydrogen peroxide (3%): given orally to prompt vomiting
• Ice bag/frozen peas: topical pain control
• Karo syrup/honey: for shock
• KY Jelly: lubricant such as for eye out of socket
• Olive oil: to suffocate/kill ear mites
• Pliers: remove porcupine quills/foreign object in mouth
• Pantyhose/necktie: muzzle
• Mustache trimmer: clip fur around wounds
• Needle/Safety pin: acupuncture CPR
• Teabags, soaked and cooled: to treat hot spots
• Turkey baster: flush wounds, give liquid medicine
• Rectal thermometer
• Saran Wrap: seals wounds, holds bandage together without sticking to fur
• Sterile Saline Solution: flush wounds, eye injuries
• Squirt gun, squeeze bottle: give liquid medicine/flush wounds
• Yogurt: settle digestion, control gas

Amy D. Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 23 pet care books, including The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats.

Amy also appears on Animal Planet's CATS-101 and DOGS-101, writes for puppies.About.com and lives in North Texas with a senior citizen Siamese and smart-aleck German shepherd dog. Read her blog on Red Room.

Dog Friendly
Feature Spotlight

The Blue Lantern Inn
34343 Street of the Blue Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-1304

Pet friendly up to 40 lbs $65 non-refundable fee, 2 canine pals allowed per room
Breakfast in bed included in Pet Fee

Creative Custom Portraits
Email: katieleelewis@mac.com
(949) 933-5860

Creative Custom Portraits takes take your favorite photo of your pet, child or family and turns it into a wonderful piece of art.

Creating fabulous one of a kind portraits to celebrate your favorite things!

Tails A Wag Inn
Nora Coyle
Anaheim Hills, CA
(714) 336-9869

Bed and Breakfast for Dogs!

Fine, fun, and often furry photography . . . Lisa Scarsi takes an artistic approach to create images of your dog, cat or horse. Using a mix of lighting and photographic techniques, Lisa captures the essence of your pet. Clients rave about her talent, patience and dedication to animals. With every session, art is created and family heirlooms are made.

In addition to offering a range of print products, the studio offers gallery wrapped canvas art, custom designed greeting cards, custom albums, designer bags, jewelry and many other items.

Lisa Scarsi Photography
(714) 255-1382

Camp Bow Wow
1431 N Daly Street
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 533-2267


Weekdays: 6:30am - 7pm
Saturday: 7am - 7pm
Sunday: 7am - 10am & 4pm - 7pm
Holidays: 7am - 10am & 4pm - 7pm

Erin's Pet Sitting & Care Services
An Affordable Pet Care Alternative
Erin Foate
Anaheim Hills, CA
(714) 681-BARK (2275)

Coverage Area:
Anaheim, Anaheim hills, Yorba Linda, Brea, Fullerton, Placentia, Orange.

Pet Sitters Associates, LLC member & insured, Pet CPR & First Aid Certified, Dog Massage Certified

Spring Dog Friendly Events

Saturday, April 14th

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County Adoption Event & Bake Sale

Petsmart Lake Forest
23602 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

11:30am to 3:30pm

Please join GSROC at Petsmart in Lake Forest for a bake sale and adoption event from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM. Come out and meet the beautiful orphaned shepherds and consider opening your heart to a dog in need. If you cannot adopt a dog at this time, please show your support by purchasing items from the bake sale or by making a donation to allow the group to continue its important work.

For more information, visit www.gsroc.org.


Friday - Sunday, April 20th - 22nd

Orange County Pet Expo

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The World's Largest Pet & Pet Product Expo - exhibitors include manufacturers, retailers, groomers, veterinarians, hobbyist groups, humane rescue organizations, humane societies, breeders, etc. Almost every kind of companion animal is on display and many are featured in educational demonstrations and seminars. Great shows of dogs, cats, birds, fish & reptiles.

Parking is free!

Hours: Friday, 10am-6pm ; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm

General Admission - $12.00
Seniors 60 & over - $10.00
Children 6-12 - $6.00
5 yrs and under free

It will be a “dog day afternoon” – and morning – as for the first time ever, the America’s Family Pet Expo opens its’ doors to man’s best friend. For one day only, on Friday, April 20th from 10am to 6pm, dogs will be allowed inside designated locations of the expo area.

Specific guidelines apply; including all dogs must be on a non-retractable leash, over 4-months of age, spayed or neutered, and non-aggressive in nature. All owners must abide by the “potty area” locations and bring their own bags to collect waste. There is a maximum of one-dog per adult, and its owner must be older than 18-years of age. Upon entering the Expo grounds, owners must sign a liability waiver issued from the America’s Family Pet Expo.

Additional policies and tips are available for review at www.petexpooc.org/fido-friday


Saturday, April 28th

Pet Project Foundation's
19th Annual Wag-a-Thon

(949) 595-8899

Dana Point Harbor Island
8:30am to 1:00pm

Please join us at this fun family event and the biggest doggie social gathering of the year. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m., and by 1:00 p.m., you and your pooch will have had a doggone good time. All paid participants receive a pet themed T-shirt, designed by local artist Heather Ritts www.abovethereefs.com and a goodie bag brimming with treats and toys. Sign up early and receive a free bandanna for your dog plus $5 off the admission price of $30.



Saturday, April 28th

Rancho Santa Margarita's 5th Annual Dog Day Afternoon

11 am - 2pm

Central Park
21601 Via Regressos
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92668

This is our 5th Annual Dog Day. Bring your pets for a fun filled day to celebrate them. Enjoy live music, photo opportunities, and get information on pet vaccinations, pet setting, training classes, and much more.

Free Admission
Presentation by Fly Dogs

Enter your Dog in a contest!

· Dog/Master look-a-like contest

· Dog Costume contest

· Dog with a face only an owner would love contest

· Cutest Dog contest

· Best trick contest



Sunday, April 29th

John Paul Pet 4th Annual Pet Fashion Show

Paul Mitchell the School
3309 Hyland Street, Suite J
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Pet Fashion Show, Pet Adoptions, Dog Grooming, Pet Photos, Vendors, Food and FUN to benefit Morris Animal Foundation, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Food 4 Africa, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Children's Miracle Network and Cancer Schmancer Foundation.

For questions or additional information please contact Teresa at (714) 546-8786


Sunday, April 29th

Woofstock" Fundraising Event
Benefiting the Ark of San Juan

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

South Shores Church
32712 Crown Valley Parkway
Monarch Beach, CA 92629



Thursday, May 4th

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Most galleries are dog friendly!


Sunday, May 6th

Westie Rescue of Orange County's 2012 Paws in the Park Picnic

Edison Park
21377 Magnolia
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Join us for our annual fun-filled picnic with over 100 Westies and their owners for Westie games, lure racing, bobbing for wieners, musical hoops, silent auction, raffle, awards, barbeque, and great vendors! The highlight our the event is our rescue parade where you will meet our rescued Westies and the families they adopted. Come out and support Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond at our spectacular fundraising event that supports our rescue organization.



Saturday, May 12th

"Don't Dog It"

8:00am to 2:00pm

Peters Canyon Regional Park
8548 E. Canyon View Avenue
Orange, CA 92869

A dog and family event to promote a Healthy Lifestyle, you can walk your dog on a trial with vendors and view activities on stage for dogs and families.

Lots of give-a-ways, prizes, dog friendly vendors, etc.

Dress-Up your dog Contest



Saturday, May 12th

Wild Weiner Round-Up

11:00am until 5:00pm

Indian Village Park
6060 Hefley Street
Westminster, CA 92683

Bring your dachsies, kids, chairs, and blankets! There are lots of trees for shade, picnic tables, and clean restrooms. Please note: All dachsies and other pets must be on a leash at all times.

(For everyone’s safety - no big, aggressive dogs please.)

There will be Dachshund Races, Bobbing for Wieners Contests, White Elephant sale, Vendors will participate and we will have a raffle to benefit Southern California Dachshund Relief.

We will again be offering hot-dogs, chili, chips, cookies, and sodas for a small donation. So bring your appetite.



Thursday, May 25th

San Clemente Art Walk
Downtown San Clemente comes alive with local artists and live music! This is a collaborative dog friendly event between the San Clemente Art Association, the City of San Clemente and the Downtown Business Association.

The Art Walk is held from 6pm - 9pm on the LAST THURSDAY of the month from MAY - SEPTEMBER.


Thursday, June 1st

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Most galleries are dog friendly!
Thursday, June 1st

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Most galleries are dog friendly!


Saturday, June 2nd

2012 Orange County Vision Walk
Angel Stadium
2000 East Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Walk Start: 9:00 a.m.

VISIONWALK is a 5K walk-a-thon fundraising program of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Walk is a fun dog friendly event filled with entertainment, bounce houses, face painters and refreshments! So gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and join FFB and our mission to prevent, treat and cure retinal degenerative diseases. Together, a cure is in sight!

Dogs welcome!



Sunday, June 3rd

The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cookoff
El Camino Real & W Main Street
Tustin, CA 92780

Come and meet GSROC (German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County) at this 28th annual dog friendly event featuring the Chili Cookoff, craft booths, food vendors, kids karnival, entertainment and more. GSROC will have wonderful dogs available for adoption and great merchandise for sale.

11:00am to 5:30pm



Sunday, June 3rd

6th Annual Orange County Super Pet Adoption Event

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, California 92618

10:00am - 4:00pm

Entry fee $1.00
800+ adoptable animals
100+ vendors & exhibitors
Food court & bake sale
Silent auctions & drawings
Low cost microchips

For more info visit: www.irvineshelter.org

What's New

New Dog Friendly Getaway...South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a wonderful dog friendly getaway with plenty of pet friendly accomodations, camping, beaches, restaurants and an off leash dog park. Visit our Getaways Page for more information on this fabulous dog friendly destination!

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Quotes from the Dog Pound

"Pet a dog where he can't scratch and he'll be your friend forever"

-- Orville Mars

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Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!

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