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The Ruff Report: Halloween is most dangerous day of year for pets

All holidays pose special hazards for pets, but Halloween is by far the most dangerous one of the year, and parents need to be vigilant about keeping their dogs and cats safe, animal welfare experts warn.


More dogs die or stray during Halloween than any other holiday, according to Liam Crowe, a dog behavioral therapist and CEO of Bark Busters USA, which has 250 franchises nationwide.

The Ruff Report: This common artificial sweetener is killing dogs

A common artificial sweetener found in sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products and chewing gum can be a killer if ingested by a dog, the FDA is warning.

Xylitol, which is only intended for use by people, can cause sudden drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia), seizures and liver failure if ingested by dogs, the Food and Drug Administration says. Depression, loss of coordination and vomiting are signs that a pet may have ingested the artificial sweetener, and symptoms may occur within minutes to days of it.


Owners should consult a veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately for advice if they know or suspect that their pet has ingested a product containing xylitol, the FDA advises.

The Hunt of Her Life: A book series about a rescue dog that will touch your heart

http://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Her-Life-captivating-journey/dp/1456385720#reader_1456385720The Hunt of Her Life Original Book is a nonfiction book about Samantha, an unwanted rescue dog who the author adopts at age 2. This beautifully designed full-color deluxe book, by longtime newspaper journalist Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 60 vibrant color photos of dogs to help illustrate the compelling and uplifting of Samantha - a pretty tricolor bird dog who uses her warm personality to win people over and build a new family after being put up for adoption by a hunter because she is gun-shy and afraid to hunt. Learn how she uses her special bonding abilities with people to help her eventually make a difficult, but successful, transition to family life.

Living Well with Your Dog: A series of short stories

Want a better life with your dog? MySetterSam.com's Living Well With Your Dog, a series of short stories for pet owners, is loaded with common-sense ideas to help make  life more fun, enjoyable and healthy for you and your dog. Find great tips about subjects such as: creating a comfortable lifestyle for you and your dog; making your home and environment safe; improving your pet's health and nutrition; choosing a pet sitter and veterinarian; and saving money on dog food, pet products, prescription drugs and pet insurance.

The Ruff Report: Don't be in the dark about this pet threat


A natural phenomenon that happens each year puts your pet at a much higher risk of injury or even death, and dogs and cats need careful guidance to deal with it, an animal welfare agency warns.


This marvel of Mother Nature that endangers the well-being of pets occurs in late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the period when daylight becomes scarce, nights are longer and the chances of your pet being hit by a vehicle skyrocket.

The Ruff Report: Stop ticks from dogging - or even killing - your pet

Besides sprouting flowers and mild temperatures, spring also ushers in ticks that carry Lyme disease, and pet parents are being reminded about the importance of taking precautions to keep their dogs and cats safe from the potentially killer bacterial infection.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging pet parents to take actions now to prevent their companions from being bitten by the insects and infected by Lyme.

Book sets signed by the author available here!

THE HUNT HER LIFE BOOK SERIES: Order your set signed by author Joseph A. Reppucci! The Original will touch your heart and the Sequel will lift your soul. *The Hunt of Her Life signed book series sets are only available to U.S. customers.

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