Halloween Safety Tips For Pets – The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel

halloween-safe-arkSTASH THE TREATS

The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets.

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.


While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
Be Careful with Costumes

For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.


Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

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(770) 696-1897

Rehoming bonded 1 year old female dog & 9 year old female cat

Sadie-2I am helping a friend who is moving to Birmingham on October 26 and needs to rehome her bonded female dog and female cat.

A hairdresser at the salon I use is looking to rehome her 1 year old, female (not spayed), Dachshund/Chihuahua mix and 9 year old, female (is spayed) cat. They are a bonded pair.

This is what I know about “Sadie” the dog –
• Little over a year old
• Not spayed (new owner must agree to have her spayed – Atlanta Humane Society has a low cost program for $80 that includes a free microchip) Read More »


(404) 552-0143

Brookhaven reins in ordinance on loose dogs

Beware of dog … leash law. That’s the message the Brookhaven City Council wants people who give their dogs free rein in city parks and neighborhoods to know. The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 11 to revise its animal ordinance to authorize the police department to enforce the city’s leash law, a duty once only […]

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Found Weimaraner in Dunwoody

IMG_8098Weimaraner found roaming North Peachtree and Sancroft on 10/10/16 at 10:08pm. Collar but no tags. Taking the dog to see if he’s chipped this morning. Please message me if you know this sweet dog.


Vicki Letbetter
(678) 469-5192

Blessing of the Pets & PuppyUp! Dog Walk

BlessingOfPets2016_600Brook Run Park
Sunday, October 30
12:00 – 3:30 pm

Animal lovers and their pets are invited for a special pet blessing ceremony followed by an optional 2-mile walk at Brook Run Park to support a cure for canine and human cancers. In addition to blessings,the program will include vendor fair & entertainment, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, micro chipping, low cost vaccinations and physical exams and more! To sign up for the dog walk visit, http://tinyurl.com/z89stno.

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Rabbi Brian Glusman
(678) 812-4161

FurKids Puppy Adoption and Garage Sale Fundraiser Event

Puppy Adoption Event
& Garage Sale

October 15th, 2016
4945 Leisure Drive, Dunwoody 30338

• Garage Sale – 9am-2pm
o Clothes, Toys, Books, Household Items

• Lunch – 11am-1pm
o Hotdog, chips, piece of fruit, drink, and birthday cupcake $5 (While supplies last.)

• Puppy Adoption Event – 12-2pm
o FurKid Puppies looking to find their fur-ever home!
o Decorate a Doggie Treat ($1-$2)
o Puppy Kissing Selfie Booth ($1-$2)

• All funds raised go directly to FurKids Small Animal Rescue.
• This event is being hosted and sponsored by Brianna Harris – an animal enthusiast and future veterinarian!
o Brianna has chosen to celebrate her 12th birthday by giving back to the community and investing in making the world a better place for our four legged family members. Thank you for being part of her birthday celebration and helping her help others.


Erika Harris
(707) 631-9117

Found Dogs- reunited!


Thanks for posting the found Doberman and jack Russell post!  The owner reached out to us after seeing your blog.  He and his wife evacuated Hurricane Matthew from Amelia Island, largely to make sure that his dogs could stay safe in the storm.  They went out to grab a quick dinner last night, and when they returned, the dogs had escaped.  The dogs spent the night at my house, but a lot of neighbors worked to make sure that these dogs were safe until they could be reunited.  Your post was what brought Bella and Bitsy home, or at least to their home away from hurricane.

Two dogs were found running up N. Peachtree Rd. in the Kingsley subdivision earlier this evening. One is a Doberman and the other appears to be a Jack Russell. Each were found wearing matching pink collars, but unfortunately no tags. Both are extremely sweet.


Merideth Ussery
(770) 713-3613