Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

  • Fido may look adorable in his new superhero costume, but that cape won’t necessarily keep him out of harm’s way. Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be harmful. Costumes should not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, it may be helpful to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don’t bother.
  • Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his or her costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on. Also, watch out for ill-fitting outfits which can get twisted on external objects on your pet, leading to injury.
  • Putting make-up or face paint on your pet can be harmful. Paints could potentially irritate their skin, or may be eaten. Even make-up that is non-toxic could cause stomachaches or worse.
  • Candy bags are strictly for the enjoyment of trick-or-treaters, not your pet. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Give your pooch their own Halloween candy by treating them to their favorite doggy snack. If you do suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or your local control center immediately.
  • Keep an eye out for decorative edible items like Halloween pumpkins and candy corn, when participating in this year’s festivities with your pet. While these are considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can be harmful, causing stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
  • Do not take your pets trick or treating. It’s possible that your dog could get spooked by a ghost or goblin and a dog bite or fight could occur.

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Hey, Hey Mr. Sandman!
By Chelle Cordero
1st Responder Network

“Last night I didn’t get to sleep at all, no, no…” The Fifth Dimension sang about it – it could well be a theme song for those of us in EMS.

Although it’s often been joked that EMS really stands for “earn money sleeping” there are enough shifts to dispel that myth. (Read More…)

Hey, Hey Mr. Sandman!

by CHELLE CORDERO

1st Responder Network

“Last night I didn’t get to sleep at all, no, no…” The Fifth Dimension sang about it – it could well be a theme song for those of us in EMS.

Although it’s often been joked that EMS really stands for “earn money sleeping” there are enough shifts to dispel that myth. (read more…)

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May you never need to call the ambulance
(except maybe for childbirth…),
but if you do, we are there for you.

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THIS BOOKLET IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH A MEDICAL OR TRAUMA CRISIS IT IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL OR EMERGENCY RESPONSE OR ADVICE.

I HAVE BEEN AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, CPR AND FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR, AND VOLUNTEER WITH A LOCAL AMBULANCE CORPS FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES. I’VE RESPONDED TO NUMEROUS EMERGENCIES, PERFORMED CPR, DELIVERED BABIES, TRANSPORTED TRAUMA VICTIMS AND SOMETIMES JUST OFFERED COMFORT TO A PATIENT ENROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL.

PEOPLE DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES DIFFERENTLY, BUT NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS OR MINOR THE EVENT MAY SEEM TO SOMEONE ELSE, EACH PERSON WHO EXPERIENCES PAIN, FEAR OR LOSS FOR THEMSELVES OR A LOVED ONE IS DEALING WITH A TRUE CRISIS. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS BOOKLET WILL GIVE A LITTLE COMFORT WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH AN EMERGENCY.

Best wishes for your continued GOOD health!

~Chelle