October is the scary month of the year! With Halloween decorations and a change in the weather, we all start to look forward to the holidays!

Many pets and owners enjoy this month full of tiny sized candy and thrilling costumes but for your pet, it can really be the scariest time of the year in a bad way! Check out this month’s tops and TRICKS and treats to a happy and safe start to Autumn!

HowlOWeen Candy

We all love Halloween candy. Whether its the BITE sized appeal of those special flavors that only come out once a year (pumpkin spice anyone?) Halloween candy is a staple at any store during October!
This is also the time of year when chocolate toxicity is at its highest for household pets. Sometimes many owners don’t even notice when a few pieces are missing from the big candy cauldron! So here are some early signs of a toxic problem!

  • Vomiting- Chances are your pet inhaled some of the wrappers too. Thankfully the stomachs reaction is to clear the foreign material. This happens when vomiting occurs which is a key sign you need to get your pet to the vet pronto!
  • Diarrhea- If the wrapper is passed sometimes your pets upset stomach will produce more acid, this, in turn, causes more fluid making the stool loose.
  • Tremors- This is a sure sign that your pet needs medical attention right away, the amount of increase sugar can kill your pet.
  • Elevated Heart rate- Candy equals sugar- sugar equals heath rate. A dog sometimes will have trouble calming down when they have ingested too much candy. Another sure sign a vet visit is in order.

Have a plan! Know where to take your pet no matter the date or time. Have a regular vet but also be aware of 24-hour emergency vets local to you! Localvets.com is a great site that helps you find both day and emergency practices near you!

What’s the deal with Pumpkin and Cancer?

Pets love Pumpkin. Many pets will nibble on the outside of those famous orange gourds but the real benefit comes from the canned puree. Given for years to pets with loose stool, new research shows that Canned Pumpkin Puree can also help fight cancer. Pumpkin Puree is very high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. , which gives pumpkin its famous orange color slows cancer cell growth AND can clear cancer-causing substances from the body! So this whole time Charlie Brown had it right! Pumpkin for everyone!

Here’s come fun way to use Pumpkin Puree for your pets!
  1. Put a scoop in the food! Mix a scoop right from the can into your pets food dish!
  2. Fill a Kong toy and freeze it! Pumpkin Ice cream yea!
  3. Mix the Puree with Hot water to make PUMPKIN gravy! Pour into your pets food bowl!
  4. Make your pet Pumpkin cookies using our AGA greatest Recipe!

AGA’s Famous Pumpkin Dog Cookie Recipe!

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ Peanut Butter ALL NATURAL
  • 1 Egg YOLK ONLY
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

Directions

  1. Heat Over to 375
  2. Mix wet ingredients
  3. Mix dry ingredients
  4. Combine wet and dry and mix well
  5. Roll out onto a floured surface about a ¼ inch thick
  6. Cut out using your favorite Pumpkin cookie cutter (or just drop them in spoonfuls, Fido doesn’t care!)
  7. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 mins!
  8. Remember to refrigerate! ( if there is any left!)

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