While we covered general Halloween safety before, it is important to emphasize a stress-free environment for pets. Since dogs never wear clothes on a daily basis, suddenly sporting an entire costume may come as a surprise! Some won't mind, others might chew, but there will be dogs that are unhappy - so to avoid these situations always remember:
*Make sure tags are off or out of reach from being eaten
*Allow some time beforehand to test the costume, check for skin irritations or allergies
*Have a bright or reflective costume if walking your pet in the dark
*Double check that the costume will not restrict the movement of your pet.
*Allow for breaks, do not let your pet overheat in their outfit
*Do not remove your pet's collar or ID tag, many situations could easily spook your pet or cause them to run
*Always create a comfortable environment for your pet, and have fun!
In October black cats are sought out - but are also at a high risk for being abandoned, or abused. Many shelters will refuse to adopt out their black cats during October to prevent ill-intentions. It is also worth noting to keep your own black cat indoors a few days before and after Halloween to keep them safe from being stolen.
The fact is, black cats are the least likely to be adopted from shelters in general. They are thought to be bad luck or superstitious, and often end up being passed over. Animals with black fur, including dogs, also do not photograph well - so people looking at shelters online may overlook the pictures of these loving, potential pets.
Black cats are just as full of love and potential as any other, and a Los Angeles photographer has photographed them to showcase their cute personalities.
Below are a couple videos that also talk about black cats, and show just how amazing they can be.
If you are looking for a cat, remember to check your local shelter, and at least wait until October ends to bring home that adorable ball of midnight fur! :)
Halloween can be busy, fun and, of course, sugar-coated. When the whole family is involved, things can get a little hectic! For your pet, Halloween night can be stressful or dangerous. So here are some tips and reminders to make this October 31st safe and secure.
Hire a Pet Sitter
If everyone has plans outside of the house, sometimes there is no choice but to leave your dog home alone. When bringing your dog out and about this Halloween, make sure the environment is stress-free (take into account sights, sounds, unfamiliar people). Otherwise, it may be wise to hire a local sitter who watches pets, or ask a friend/neighbor. Crimes and cruelty against pets is very common on Halloween, especially for black cats and dogs. So make sure they are not left in the yard where they can become very easy targets. Knowing there is someone there for your buddy while you are away is always a good feeling!
Keep Pets Away From The Door
Trick-or-treaters come and go, and your door continues to open and close, but keep tabs on your pet! This situation allows them to bolt outside while you are distracted. It is possible they could get excited by another dog, or the high voices of children. Also of note is that kids may have allergies, so going the extra mile to confine your pet away from the door guarantees that everyone is safe.
Probably obvious, but worth stating. Do NOT feed your pet any candy, especially chocolate. Keep an eye on kids potentially giving any candy to your dog as well. However, sometimes dogs find a way to eat what they shouldn't. In case of the worst, call or visit your vet immediately, and watch out for signs of chocolate poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, or seizures.
Make Sure Candles and Electric Cords Are Out of Reach
For candles - a pet could burn themselves or knock them over. And cords have the potential to be chewed on. Determine the best layout for decorations out of the way where a pet cannot reach.
Double Check Your Pet's Costume
Be certain that your dog will be comfortable wearing a costume. Have them try it on before the big night to determine if any skin issues or allergies turn up. The costume should not be too tight, or have loose / dangling strings or tags that could be chewed or choked on. If everything checks out - your dog is ready to show off their style!
These are only guidelines for assuring that your pet will have a safe & happy Halloween.
Also of note is for cats in particular - if possible keep any outdoor kitties inside a few days before and after the holiday. Notably black cats are sadly stolen or killed around Halloween and the month of October. Always make sure your pet is safe & secure.
For more information about pet health and symptoms - http://www.petmd.com/
For information about local pet sitters - https://www.care.com/pet-care/marshfield-ma
For information about lost/found, or local shelters: http://marshfieldpolice.org/Pages/index & http://scituateanimalshelter.org/ & http://www.hsar.org/
When the weather hits hard we may be able to enjoy some time off, cozy up with a cup of tea, or read a book, but your dog is already restless, waiting for their daily walk! Dogs need both mental and physical stimulation too - so when you find yourself cooped up, here are some fun ideas to entertain your pooch!
Does your dog have his or her favorite toy? Fetch can be taken indoors with soft toys in an open room or hallway, and Dognition blogger Nick Farber writes about a fun 'Monkey in the Middle' game to include the whole family. You can also build an indoor obstacle course, or ballpit for your dog to play in.
Invite friends or neighbors to bring their dogs over for a play date. Take the time to make sure a room is set up and safe for the dogs to play in, and that they are comfortable with each other. Dogs love to socialize with their friends, rain or shine!
DIY Dog Treats
There are plenty of recipes available to bake your own dog treats at home! You can even bring your dog out shopping for ingredients at pet-friendly stores & boutiques, or just bring them to choose out their own treats! In addition, you can use the treats to do some extra training, or create some fun hide and seek games!
Strike a Pose
Staging funny photos with your dog may sound, well, funny - but using different commands to get your dog in the right position can focus their attention and perfect their obedience. Interesting photo-ops include getting dressed up, daily chores, reading the newspaper, or whatever your imagination allows!
Dog Yoga - yes, that's right! Animal Planet suggests grabbing a soothing Doga DVD created for pets and their people, which includes not only dog poses, but relaxing techniques like massages to calm them. Definitely a fun and new experience!
All of these are ideas to spark some creative doggie fun. Of course most dogs tend to be waterproof, and if allowed, a good romp in the rain is just as good and entertaining. So if all else fails, strap on those rain coats and explore a wet world together!
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