10 Tips for a Happy (and safe!) Halloween for Your Pets

10 Tips for a Happy (and safe!) Halloween for Your Pets

They’re covered in hair, have anywhere from two to four legs usually, can be found under your bed, in lakes, or sometimes your closets. They aren’t monsters, they’re your dogs and cats! This may be the spookiest time of year for us and tons of fun, but remember this time of year can be downright scary for your pets. Here are our tips and tricks, sorry we’re out of treats, to keeping you, your pets, and your visitors safe this haunting season.     Keep sweets and human treats out of reach! Chocolate and sugar free candies containing xylitol, including both candy and gum, can be poisonous to your cats and dogs. Another less common, but sometimes seen poisonous item this time of year in goody bags are raisins. Be sure to keep these items out of reach, but if your furry friend finds a way to them be sure to keep the wrapper when possible and call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or HomeAgain’s 24-Hour Support Hotline (1-888-466-3242) immediately. Keep pets indoors. Whether your pet usually has access to your yard or stays outside more often than not, it’s a safer bet for everyone if you keep them inside Halloween night. Many professionals even suggest doing so days before and after the holiday except when they are being strictly monitored. While many people love animals, unfortunately not everyone holds them as dear as most. Pets are often stolen, poisoned, injured, or even killed around Halloween so we recommend not giving them unsupervised visits to the outdoors for their safety. Create a safe place. Spooky “things” coming...
A PAWSitively PURRfect Partner – Dr. Karri

A PAWSitively PURRfect Partner – Dr. Karri

We here at Dallas Pets Alive! adore all of our partners, from venues to fundraisers to groomers, but sometimes there comes along a partner that deserves a thank you so large we could never truly say it correctly. Dr. Karri McCreary is our first ever PAWsitively PURRfect Partner. I’ll be totally honest, when Dr. Karri approached me about a partnership, I thought she was crazy. Here was this woman asking me to please let her treat extremely medically needy dogs at no expense to Dallas Pets Alive! in exchange for just letting her film them. Um, excuse me? You want to save us money AND allow us to focus on what we love, the urgent, most in need, and overlooked? Ok, I thought, let’s give her a shot to save more lives. I want to slap my former self for ever questioning her. What Dr. Karri wanted to help with was a YouTube channel called Vet Ranch. Vet Ranch is a network of veterinarians that creates videos of animals in need going through the recovery process from severe medical issues. These videos show their physical and emotional recovery from beginning to end and the care Vet Ranch doctors provide is all paid for by Abandoned Pet Project. The videos help to drive donations to Abandoned Pet Project so they can continue supporting the Vet Ranch doctors amazing work. These two groups allow rescues to save more lives that they may otherwise not have been able to afford. To say this partnership has been a lifesaver is both an understatement and a truth. Since Dr. Karri reached out to DPA!,...
Louie’s Lasting Love: A DPA Hospice Foster Story

Louie’s Lasting Love: A DPA Hospice Foster Story

Louie was the littlest fighter there ever was, and our most recent fospice (hospice foster) to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Louie was listed by Dallas Animal Services (DAS) as a 12 year old Cairn Terrier mix. His medical history noted blindness, possible deafness, serious dental disease, muscle atrophy, weak hind legs and/or hips, and possible dementia. He was shaking in his kennel when we met him, likely a combination of fear and his health issues. His foster wrote me, “I cannot stop thinking about him! But I am so concerned about his quality of life, I wouldn’t want to keep him alive just for the sake of keeping him alive if he is miserable.” This is the heart of a fospice, someone willing to take on the unknown while being strong enough to bear letting them go if needed. So we brought him into our program. Once out of the shelter I started getting messages from his foster like “He can totally hear!” and “He can walk! He’s wobbly but he can do it!” We began to grow hopeful that we could get this dog to a happy, healthy place. A week later, his health took a sudden turn. Louie became ill and because he had various other health problems, the vet recommended euthanizing him due to his quality of life. He was lethargic, getting stuck in corners and walking in circles, and otherwise spending most of the time sleeping. We decided to give him another shot and try some new medications before giving up on him, so Louie was put on a special diet, antibiotics, and pain meds....