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Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and to be appreciative for all that we have in our lives. Sometimes we forget all of the blessings we have and enjoy on a daily basis. Things like family, friends, a home, fresh air, nature, the fact that the sun comes up every day and of course our unconditionally loving four legged best friends.   Thanksgiving can also be a potentially dangerous or fatal day for your dog. With a few preventative measures you can keep your pup safe.


If you are having company be sure to keep your pup from having unrestricted access to the front door. With people coming and going, and trying to entertain, cook, serve, etc., it’s easy to lose track of your dog and easy for them to slip out unnoticed. Either have your dog in a bedroom, laundry room or on leash. You can also set up a barrier like a gate or a pen that restricts direct access to the front door. The biggest threat to your dog is the turkey bones. Ingesting cooked (therefore brittle) bones can splinter if chewed and can be fatal. Remind guests not to give any leftovers to your dog and place remaining bones in an enclosed  garbage can preferably behind a closed door. Be careful putting them in an enclosed garbage can anywhere where your dog can have access to it. Dogs smell millions of times better than we can so they can smell those leftovers through the can. Many of us like to share some of our Thanksgiving dinner with our pups ( I prepare a plate for my babies). If you do want to share and if your dog is not used to eating human food, be sure to keep their portions very small (unless you enjoy cleaning up vomit or diarrhea) and be sure there are no bones.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and know that we are very thankful and appreciative for all of you! Brad & the Dogological Team

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We all love Halloween, the scary and funny costumes, the meeting with neighbors and of course the candy!   That’s not always the case with our dogs. The continual ringing of the doorbell can put your dog in an overly aroused state and can trigger a territorial response to the innocent trick or treaters. The costumes are entertaining for us but your dog can become very frightened at the site of painted faces, masks, ghosts and even princesses. The costumes can be very frightening to unsuspecting doggies so unless your dog is desensitized to Halloween it’s a good thing to give them the night off and keep them inside, safe and sound.



The constant opening of the door can be an opportunity for Fido to bolt out and with all of the scary costumes and the cars following their kids around, Fido can panic and run, run, run, and get lost or worse risk getting by getting hit by a car.

If you have an outdoor cat please bring the cat inside as people do strange things to cats they find on Halloween, especially black cats.

And if you want to enjoy every morsel of chocolate that you’ve gathered or are handing out, avoid an emergency trip to the veterinarian; keep your bag of goodies well out of reach of prying paws and jaws. If you suspect that your pup has partaken of your chocolate call your veterinarian. Have a nice and safe Halloween!

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