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Keep Halloween safe and fun for your fur kids

posted October 27th, 2013 by
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The big day is coming up soon and there will be plenty of festivities happening all week.

And while Halloween can be great fun for your fur kids as well as your human kids (and even us really big kids!), there are plenty of opportunities for pet mishaps on the spookiest night of the year.

All of those bowls of candy and treats sitting around, and even some of the decorations, can be very tempting to pets. But a lot of those goodies can cause upset tummies if eaten and, at the worst, be toxic, according to the ASPCA.

Candles and wires from decorations also pose a risk to the more curious pets (cats, I’m looking at you), so make sure to keep them out of reach.

Planning to dress up your pet for the holiday? Make sure her costume fits well and does not have any easy to chew off pieces. It’s also a good idea to make sure your pet actually will enjoy being dressed up.

And for any animals who are shy or might try to dart out the door past trick or treaters, consider creating a calm space in a separate room away from the front door. For more safety tips from the ASPCA, visit aspca.org/pet-care/halloween-safety-tips.

Now that we’re clear on how to keep our kiddos safe, let’s make it a fun night for them, too!

Help your pooch feel included in the fun by having some special treats on hand. This site has some great ideas, the easiest being to mix in some fresh or canned pumpkin in with your dog’s usual kibble for a festive Halloween dinner.

And if your pet happens to be one of those hams who loves dressing up, check out this adorable slide show of pet costumes for inspiration. The Bob Barker costume is my favorite, by far.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Do you dress up your pet for Halloween?

posted October 11th, 2012 by
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Though it’s not the most serious of topics, the idea of dressing up pets in clothes tends to be divisive. In my experience, people either think it’s adorable or consider it a form of animal cruelty.

With Halloween just around the corner, the topic is quite prevalent. Pet stores carry wide selections of costumes just for our furry kids. But who is it really for? Us or the animals? Probably a little bit of both.

My two dogs have two very different opinions on the matter. Yoda is quite the ham and loves to wear clothes. I am not making this up. He knows he attracts more attention when he is wearing a cute sweater. And if there is anything he loves more than a cute sweater, it’s attention.

Each Halloween, he wears a Yoda costume (original, I know) and races to the door with every ring of the bell. He thrives on the giggles and attention showered on him by trick or treaters. He knows they are laughing at the huge, floppy green ears and he loves it!

Spock loves the attention just as much as Yoda, but has politely declined to wear a costume or clothing of any sort. Ever. He draws the line at festive bandanas.

I’m pretty sure if Spock were a person, he would fall into the clothes-on-dogs-is-animal-cruelty camp.

So, what do you think about clothes on animals and more importantly, what does your pet think? Let me know in the comment section below!

-Lauren Cavagnolo