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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]

Fun Video: Happy Halloween

posted October 30th, 2012 by
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Two dogs plot to get candy on Halloween. Very cute and the ‘actors’ were discovered on petfinder.com!

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Keep your pets safe during Halloween festivities

posted October 25th, 2012 by
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Halloween weekend is upon us and many family pets will be joining in the festivities. Taking a few precautions to keep your furriest family members safe ensures everyone has a spooktacular time.

We all know chocolate can be toxic to pets so make sure to keep the Halloween loot out of reach of nosy dogs and cats. In addition, have some special treats on hand so your pooch doesn’t feel left out of the action.

Know your pet’s personality and preferences and act accordingly. If your dog or cat is skittish, keeping him in a back bedroom with some soft music or white noise may make the evening more enjoyable for everyone.

Is your pet a social butterfly? Let her help you pass out candy but make sure she is wearing her ID tags along with that cute costume or festive bandanna. The chaos of opening the door a couple dozen times for trick or treaters throughout the night leaves ample opportunity for a friendly pet to wander out the door.

If you are taking your pet door to door with you, keep him on leash and make sure to use reflectors so that he (and you!) can be seen.

Most importantly, however you choose to celebrate, have fun!

For more tips on Halloween pet safety, visit aspca.org.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

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