Keeping Your Pets Safe this Halloween Season 

Halloween Pet Dangers

Keeping Your Pets Safe this Halloween Season

Halloween can be a wonderful holiday for children and adults alike.  Many people love to enjoy this festive season with the entire family, including their pets.

To make sure your pet stays safe and enjoys this holiday, we offer the following advice:

Keep Those Halloween Treats Far Out of Pets’ Reach:  Halloween candies are the source of several dangers to our animal family members.  Most owners are aware that chocolate is toxic to their pets.  Chocolate contains caffeine as well as a toxin called Theobromine that in high enough doses can be very toxic to our animal companions.  Toxicity is based on the amount of cocoa ingested (dark chocolate contains more) vs. the weight of the pet.

“Healthier” Halloween treats may contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs.  Ingestion is a veterinary emergency and can even be fatal to our canine friends.

Overindulgence in candy (or other holiday treats), even those that don’t contain chocolate or xylitol can cause gastric upset or even a dangerous condition called pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).  These can be serious enough to warrant a trip to the veterinary clinic or even a hospital stay!

Finally, candy wrappers also pose a risk to indulgent pets.  Most pets don’t bother to unwrap the candy that they sneak off with.  Ingested wrappers can be very irritating to the intestinal tract and in some cases could even result in an intestinal blockage.  Note that even empty candy wrappers are attractive to our pets as they still smell like the treats they once contained.

Beware of Raisins and Grapes: While raisins make for a sweet, healthy alternative to Halloween candies, they can be very dangerous to our pets.  Grapes and raisins are poisonous to many dogs (and potentially cats).  Toxicity can be severe enough to cause kidney damage or even death in some cases.  Experts are still not sure how much grape material is required for toxicity or why some pets react more profoundly than others, so all grape/raisin ingestion is considered a veterinary emergency.

Watch Out for Halloween PlantsPumpkins, gourds, and corn are traditional Halloween foods and decorations.  While eating properly prepared pumpkins, squash and corn is relatively harmless for our pets, in some situations they can be dangerous.  Corn cobs are very attractive to dogs.  If ingested, cobs very may get stuck in the pet’s intestinal tract and require surgery to remove.  Similarly, decorative gourds/squash can be chewed up in large chunks that can get bound up in the intestines.  Finally, festive carved Jack o’ Lanterns often start to mold before they are thrown out.  If ingested these molds can make our pets ill.  Some molds called mycotoxins can even cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.

Keep Glow Sticks Away from Pets: Glow sticks and glow jewelry are fun and can help keep us safe during Halloween activities.  While the glowing liquid inside is not toxic if chewed and ingested it can be very irritating to our pets’ mouths.  Ingestion can lead to oral irritation, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and even vomiting.  Additionally, ingested plastics can lead to gastric irritation or even intestinal blockage.

Be Careful with Halloween Decorations: Decorations are a traditional addition to Halloween festivities. They are fun for us but can be scary or even dangerous to our pets.  Pets can be intimidated by decorations, especially those with eyes, faces, or moving parts.  Be sure to introduce pets to decorations slowly using positive reinforcement. Many decorations also require electrical cords or batteries, both of which can be very dangerous if our pets chew on them!

Beware of Costumes:  As adorable as our pets are when dressed up, not all pets enjoy wearing costumes.  They can be irritating, scary, or even painful to our pets.  Some pets may panic when placed in a costume, which can lead to injury. Humans in costume can be very scary to our pets, too.  Make sure to introduce your pet slowly to costumed guests and read the pet’s body language.  Better yet, find a safe space for your pet to stay if people come over in costume.

Keep Candles Out of Pets’ Reach: Candles are common in Halloween decorations.  Remember that your pet does not recognize the danger that candles pose, and they may accidentally burn themselves or knock candles over.

Give Your Pet a Safe Space During Halloween Activities:  Trick or Treating and Halloween Parties are fun for us but can be very scary to our pets.  Make sure that your pets have safe space in the house away from trick or treaters at the front door, or party-goers in the house.  It is also advisable to keep your pets indoors during activities to prevent panicking pets from escaping from the yard.

Make Sure Your Pets Have ID Tags and Microchips:  Finally, make sure that your pet has an updated ID tag and (even better) a microchip with updated information.  In the event that your pet does escape during holiday festivities, this will make it easy for them to get back home if found.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us!  We are happy to answer any questions you may have! 760-736-3636  or www.sanelijovet.com

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr. Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-736-3636
www.sanelijovet.com

San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest in San Marcos draws record crowd – The Coast News Group

San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest in San Marcos draws record crowd by Stephanie Stang October 17, 2019

— The annual Oktoberfest in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos proved to be the community’s most popular event yet. Although 2,000 people attended the festival every year, folks say it still has a small community feel. Alpana Patel says she brings her family every year and loves seeing all of her neighbors in one place. “It’s a great way to run into people.”San Elijo resident Mike Adams says he enjoys bringing all five of his children to the fair because of “all the rides, all the fun, all the food, great for the community. All the kids can hang out with their friends.” “There is just an incredible sense of community here,” realtor Ed Philbrick said. “I think it’s an amazing value compared to other surrounding communities. I mean with this event for example, you probably have an event per month when you look at it, and the events are pretty elaborate.  There is a lot going on. Here you have a climbing wall, a (Ferris) wheel, food, beer (beer garden).  There’s always something going on in San Elijo and so it’s hard to complain about the value that you are getting. People aren’t always happy with HOAs but that’s not really the case here.”

Read More Via Source: San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest in San Marcos draws record crowd – The Coast News Group

San Elijo Hills Residents in The news

Pivot Charter School San Diego Students Volunteer at Meridian Senior Living

Pivot Charter School San Diego students are making a difference in the lives of senior citizens at Meridian Senior Living, a senior center located next to the school.

Once a month, a group of 10 students visit their neighbors at the senior center to spend time with the residents – having conversations, working on craft projects and playing games.

For the students, spending time at Meridian Senior Living gives them a chance to develop relationships with community members they may never meet otherwise, according to Craig Hobart, Regional Director, Pivot Charter School San Diego (San Elijo Hills Resident).

“These visits have increased students’ overall awareness of our community and its diversity,” Hobart said. “Through relationships with our senior citizen neighbors, the students are developing empathy and other traits that will serve them well in life.”

According to Zahonna Harrington, a tenth grader in her second year at Pivot Charter School San Diego, visiting Meridian Senior Living is a win-win for both the students who volunteer and the senior residents.

“It’s a really fun, good opportunity for community service, and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away. The people there have a lot of life experiences; they tell really good stories and crack a lot of funny jokes. And when we visit, it’s nice for them to get a breath of fresh air and have someone different to talk to,” Zahonna said.

Pivot Charter School San Diego high school students are required to conduct 20 hours of community service each semester. They gain five credits for each 40-hour block of community service.

For additional information about Pivot Charter School San Diego, visit www.pivotsandiego.com/.

San Marcos wins international award for outstanding economic development reporting

Pictured: Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster accepts an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council on behalf of the City of San Marcos.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) — the world’s largest organization of its kind — has honored the City of San Marcos with a prestigious award for an article series it produced to showcase its many economic development strongpoints.

The City won an Excellence in Economic Development Award for 17 news articles, which to date have earned more than 40 media placements. And according to city data, the articles have averaged a social media engagement rate of more than 30%, which is well above the 9% rate government agencies typically see, according to Sprout Social.

“The data tells us these stories are not only reaching the right audiences, they’re also resonating,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, who formally accepted the award on Oct. 15 during IEDC’s annual conference in Indianapolis, IN.

IEDC’s awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, and this year’s competition drew more than 400 submissions from 12 countries.

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work.”

Specifically, the City was lauded for going beyond standard press releases — and actually reporting its own economic development news. For example, one article shared new data to spotlight how the manufacturing industry is booming in San Marcos. Another article explored how the local food and beverage scene is gaining steam, which was also backed with relevant numbers.

“By telling our own story in a credible and engaging way, we have inspired confidence and generated interest,” Sangster said. “Simply put, these articles have helped put our City’s economic development efforts on the map.”

Economic development, in fact, is one of the City’s top priorities. City Council made that call in 2015, when it hired Sangster to serve as the City’s first economic development manager.

“I’m proud of the great strides in economic development the City has made so far,” Sangster said, pointing out that this is the City’s fourth economic development award in the past four years. The article series also recently won a top award from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) for outstanding writing. “We’re rightfully establishing ourselves as a leader in economic development and I look forward to more continued success.”

For more information about IEDC, please visit the IEDC website. For more information about the City’s economic development division, please contact Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster via email or by phone at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

San Marcos Creek project

On Sept. 24, 2019, the San Marcos City Council awarded a contract so construction can begin on San Marcos Creek project to increase the San Marcos community’s access to and enjoyment of San Marcos Creek. Construction is anticipated to begin in the winter of 2020 and is anticipated for completion in 2022.

About the Project 

If you’re not familiar with the project, it is adjacent to the San Marcos Creek, with the following boundaries:

  • West San Marcos Boulevard to the North
  • Grand Avenue to the East
  • Via Vera Cruz to the West
  • Discovery Avenue to the South

The project will solve a long-standing problem of flooding in the community, by raising the roads and bridges in the project area. This is in addition to adding open space by preserving creek habitat and providing a walking trail, vistas to the creek and a park for the community to enjoy.

Community Outreach

The City’s project team has hired JPW Communications to assist with communications and outreach to the community throughout project construction.

As part of our early outreach, JPW would like to share information with you about the project (see attached fact sheet). We encourage you to read through this information and the following ways to stay updated on the project throughout construction.

The City will also host a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center, so please save the date. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear more information about the project, construction schedule and how to stay informed throughout construction.

Thank you in advance.

Camilla Crescenzo

Zooming In On Nature -The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center

Zooming In On Nature

Escondido, CA – Textures, colors, patterns, and microscopic organisms come alive as The Escondido Creek Conservancy was awarded $1,500 for a new microscope by the San Marcos Community Foundation. As a result of the grant, visitors to the Interpretive Center at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve will now have a clearer view on the microscopic world.

The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center provides visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the local habitats, plants, and animals of the reserve. One of the most popular stations within the Center is a stereo microscope attached to a television screen that visitors can use to take a close-up look at some of the creek’s tiniest inhabitants—aquatic macroinvertebrates. The microscope allows visitors to see a part of the local ecosystem that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to see. The microscope is also used on field trips, so thousands of students and adults each year will now have an enhanced experience at the Center.

The Interpretive Center is open during volunteer availability. Please visit elfinforest.olivenhain.com for hours of operation. You can also help support our education programs by donating to the Eichen Education Fund. Visit escondidocreek.org/eichenedfund for more information.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Nathan Serrato | Marketing and Volunteer Manager
(760) 703-3393
nathan@escondidocreek.org

The City of San Marcos Launches New Resident App

The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce the launch of a new resident tool called the San Marcos City App.

San Marcos City App empowers residents and visitors to support the City in its efforts to keep San Marcos safe and clean. It is your gateway to submit service requests to city staff. You can use the app to notify us of things like:

  • Traffic light outages
  • Graffiti
  • Debris
  • Maintenance needs at city-managed spaces (parks, trails, etc.)
  • Stormwater

The app creates an efficiency of service for both residents and city staff to report non-emergency concerns through:

Location specific
Based on your phone’s GPS location, you can quickly notify us of where you observe an issue when you submit a request.

Progress tracking
You can track the progress and resolution of your submitted requests in the app. Other nearby requests will also be viewable, so you can tell if someone else has noticed the same concern.

Direct access
The app connects directly to San Marcos city staff who can help. Submitting service requests through the app is the quickest and most efficient way to get things resolved.

For more details and how to download go to www.san-marcos.net/city-app.

Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego | cbs8.com

SAN DIEGO — A manhunt is over after police arrested a convicted serial rapist. The San Diego Police Department arrested and booked Dale Dulac on Friday at 1:42 p.m. He’s currently being held at the San Diego Central Jail on Front Street.

 

 

According to court documents, he’s facing charges for vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego San Diego Police arrested 57-year-old Dale Dulac on Friday.

Local and federal agencies searched for the violent man that was spotted in North County. At this time, police aren’t saying where they found Dulac when they arrested him.

New York State Parole has confirmed earlier this week that a violent parolee-at-large and convicted rapist from the state was spotted in San Diego. The agency confirmed that on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Dale Dulac was at a bus station in San Diego.

 

 

The 57-year-old has was seen in San Marcos.

The state parole agency said it was working with US Marshals to locate Dulac, who is a Level #3 sex offender. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department also reported that they worked with the San Diego Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Dulac.

Prior to Dulac’s arrest, one neighbor said Dulac was hanging out a 7-Eleven off of Melrose Drive and at nearby apartment complexes near Rancho Santa Fe Road on the border of San Marcos and Carlsbad.

“He’s kind of buff – and the bald head,” said the witness.

Source: Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego | cbs8.com

Jake wants to do something BIG to help raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

Jake wants to do something BIG to help raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

On November 3rd, Jake will be riding his bike in a 50k event, which translates to about 32 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Think about how long it takes just to drive 32 miles, and now imagine doing that on a bike, at 8 years old.

Why Rady Children’s Hospital? Four years ago Jake had a seizure unexpectedly in the backseat of a car while his mom was driving him to summer camp. Over the next several months his seizures continued, and doctors identified an area of abnormal activity in his brain and diagnosed him with epilepsy. With the help of the Rady’s doctors and staff, Jake was able to find a medication that has kept him seizure-free for the last four years. Now, Jake wants to help other kids, and let them know that he cares about them and so do others.

This December after his big bike ride, Jake will have the opportunity to further show his support for the children at Rady’s in person by joining Rady Children’s Light the Way Celebration, where he and other participants will shine lights up to the windows of the hospital letting young patients know that “we’re here for you and we’re thinking about you.”

Jake wants you to know that he will be working extra hard to show how much he appreciates your donation and support to achieve this lofty goal. Rady Children’s Hospital has 501c3 status and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. The donation process is fast, easy and secure. Please send this page to any friends who might be interested in donating.

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