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5 Things to Protect Your Dog From On Halloween

It’s a time for spooky tales, dressing up and lots and lots of candy. The kids are probably already  excited to make plans for this eerie tradition, but when it comes to your dog and Halloween, you need to,

BEWARE…

The canine species can be a mastermind at getting into things they are not supposed to, which can be hazardous to your pup’s well being. In this post, we have dug up 5 things to protect your dog from on Halloween. You may be surprised at number three.

# 1 Chocolate, Candy & Gum, Oh, My!

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We’ve probably all heard by now that chocolate is (in all flavors and forms) bad for our dog’s health. The key component that makes it hazardous? Theobromine. This is found in the largest quantities in dark chocolate with milk and white chocolate falling in behind.

If your dog consumes chocolate in sufficient amounts (which will vary from pooch-to-pooch), he could experience rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, an increase in body temperature and heart rate as well as muscle rigidity and possible death.

Okay, so chocolate is bad, but what’s up with the candy and gum?

These delectable treats are loaded with sugar, which over time and in large quantities can lead to weight gain, oral issues, and possible diabetes. However, sugar isn’t the terrifying villain in this duo. It’s a chemical called Xylitol found in the sugarless varieties of candy and gum that can do the most harm to a curious canine.

Xylitol even in the smallest dose can cause a drop in your dog’s blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and even death. Plus, the wrappers hiding sweet treats could pose a choking hazard.

# 2 Open Doors Equal Easy Escape

Trick-or-treaters go from home-to-home looking for a sweet reward. But remember each time you open that door to a spooky ghost or super hero, your dog has a chance to slip out. This is more true for those pets that are upset or over-excited due to all the commotion.

To prevent Fido from fleeing, be sure to crate him or keep him comfy and cozy in a different area of your house. And just to be on the safe side, make sure your dog has his ID tags safe and secure around his neck.

# 3 Cute Costumes Can Be Counterproductive

The big pet retailers sell oodles of adorable costumes we can dress our dogs up in to join the kids on the big night. But remember when you choose that fairy or monster costume that your dog needs to be able to move, see, hear, and breathe freely in this get-up.

To prevent a fun night from becoming a trip to the veterinarian, do a test run with your costume-clad canine. Let him wear it in the house under your full supervision to see if any of the areas mentioned above may be restricted.

If it can be adjusted, then go ahead do so. If not, you may want to take a quick pic, then scrap the costume.

# 4 Candles & Decor, a Dangerous Duo

What would Halloween be without a little spooky ambiance to enhance the night? Whether it be a scary jack-o-lantern lit up with a-fright, or cardboard, plastic and even floral centerpieces these can all be dangerous to a dog if chewed up and swallowed.

Depending on what your pooch consumed, holiday decor can pose a choking hazard or may even cause a blockage of the intestinal tract. And of course, an open flame in the form of a candle is never a good idea around a curious pup.

Be sure to keep all Halloween decor well away from your dog and try flameless candles. These last longer, won’t blow out, don’t melt and pose no risk to child or pet.

# 5 Pranksters & Pets Don’t Mix

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Unfortunately, Halloween tends to bring out those people that are intent on harming. Whether this is for fun or folly, your fur baby shouldn’t be in their path.

Keep your pets inside on Halloween night or make sure they are supervised when outdoors. This is especially true if your pets are black. Both dogs and cats have been targeted on this night and the night before (All Hallows’ Eve) so keep them close to home under your watchful eye.

Keep ‘Em Safe & Sound

Whether it be from sweet treats, open doors, decor or pranksters, keeping your pets safe and sound on Halloween is a must-do. Be aware of the dangerous aspects of this tradition, then take preventative measures against them.

Keeping your canine companion tucked away with his favorite food, toys, and blanket will ensure he stays happy and healthy.

 

This article was written by our friend & editor, Alexandra Segal over at Animalso.com – The Amazing World of Dogs!

Making Trips to the Vet Easier!

Taking your pet to the vet is a fact of life. Whether it is for their yearly check-up or if your pet becomes sick or hurt…the trip may not be very enjoyable for your fur-baby. Since you might have to take your pet to the vet unexpectedly, these tips are great to know beforehand and they will help your pet get comfortable going to the vet!

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This infographic was provided by our friends over at Greyhounds As Pets! Greyhounds are amazing dogs and many are in need of permanent homes all over the world!

Check them out: https://www.gapnsw.com.au/foster/

National Puppy Day

March 23rd is National Puppy Day! We wanted to celebrate by sharing puppy adoption tips!

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Here are a few of our treats that are great for training new puppies:

Infographic provided by Mary Nielson via http://mysweetpuppy.net/national-puppy-day/

DIY Reindeer Poop Dog Treats

Looking for the perfect gift for your dog & dog owners? Here’s a really cute & easy gift that’s perfect for the Holidays – Reindeer Poo!

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What you need:

  1. Dog Treats – Our Carob Best Buddy Bits Bits are the perfect size for these gift bags!
  2. Tags – Simply download our printable Tags here.
  3. Ribbon – Use any color ribbon you’d like!
  4. Clear Bags – Any clear bag will do depending on what size gift bags you want to make! We used these.

Instructions:

  1. Fill clear bags with dog treats about halfway full, leaving some room at the top to tie on the tag.
  2. Download our Tag template – Print, Cut & punch a hole!
  3. Use any ribbon you’d like. Thread the ribbon through the hole on the tag and tie to bags.
  4. Curl the ribbon using scissors, or tie a bow for some extra festive flair.
  5. Done – You’ve made an easy & festive gift for dog lovers. Your pooch will love this gift!

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Happy Howl-o-ween!

Do you have a costume ready for your pet? We’ve narrowed it down to the BEST pet costumes we’ve ever seen for Howl-o-ween. We hope this inspires you to win those Costume Contests!

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Sources:

1. http://www.refinery29.com/2014/10/76848/nyc-halloween-dog-parade-pictures-2014?crlt.pid=camp.mjE7HVUbOmJq#slide-5
2. http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/96371/new-york-dog-parade-pictures#slide
3. http://diply.com/different-solutions/halloween-pet-costume-ideas/55425/2
4. http://www.costume-works.com/creative-costume-ideas-for-dogs.html
5. http://thechive.com/2015/10/06/dont-forget-your-dog-needs-a-costume-this-year-33-photos/#.927ipp:4deA
6. http://www.livingly.com/Brilliant+Halloween+Costumes+for+Your+Dog
7. http://www.brit.co/best-dog-costumes-halloween-2015/
8. http://www.askmen.com/recess/fun_lists/best-halloween-pet-costumes-2015/donald-trump-dog.html
9. https://www.buzzfeed.com/kaelintully/runnin-like-mike-back-in-92-like-who-payton-in-83?utm_term=.ko5nnxBkw#.lvr99wZ04

Protecting Our Pets From the Sun

As responsible animal owners, we all know better than to leave a pet alone in a hot car, not even for one minute. But as temperatures begin to rise, there are a number of other hazards that come into play on a hot summer’s day. Everything from dehydration to suffering from a possible heat stroke, both are dangerous or even deadly for some animals.

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Check your pet regularly for signs of them becoming overheated or are in need of more hydration. Keep in mind that elderly pets, younger animals and those with certain health conditions are at an increased risk. Watch for:

  • Excessive panting, salivating or drooling, which can stop and start again
  • Vocalizing for no apparent reason
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, which could be bloody
  • Weakness, being disorientated and lethargic
  • Difficulty rousing them or getting them awake
  • Elevated heart rate

Left untreated, your pet could develop seizures, collapse, lapse into a coma and in some cases, the condition could be fatal. If your animal is experiencing any of these symptoms, get them to a veterinarian immediately.

Scorching Surfaces

Sometime we may forget about the hot surfaces that our pets walk on during summertime, taking our dog out for a stroll or letting a cat out onto a patio or other outdoor area. Research has shown that contact temperature for a pet’s paws that can potentially cause injury are at:

  • 120℉ – this is the stage that becomes painful, but unlikely to cause permanent damage
  • 140℉ – burns, scarring and permanent damage can occur after just one minute
  • 150℉ – rapid blistering and burning are present

Exactly How Hot Is That Surface

Similar studies have shown when the exterior temperature reaches 95℉, sidewalks and concrete can reach 125℉, reaching and surpassing the threshold of pain. Red bricks heat up to 135℉ and black asphalt comes in at a scorching 140℉. Unless you’re going to be walking barefoot with them on these surfaces, minimally you should be at least checking the temperature with your hand before allowing your animal to walk on them.

Use the same precautions on sand when taking your animal to the park, a beach or other water-related arena that’s surrounded by sand or dirt, which can also heat up to unsafe temperatures. If they’re accompanying you poolside, or some type of cooling recreational area, be sure they have a blanket, towel or mat available for them to lie down in a shady location.

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A Hairy Dilemma

Before you consider shaving or trimming your animal’s furry coat for relief from the summer sun, contact a veterinarian or professional groomer first. Some breeds are better left having their hair in place as a cooling method. Also, some animals with lighter colored coats and skin can be more susceptible to sunburn, especially if they’re trimmed to closely.

Soothing Solutions

Even pets are in danger of developing a painful sunburn and can benefit from the use of sunblock. If you’re having trouble locating a pet-friendly brand of sunblock, try one that’s recommended for use on children. Avoid those that contain zinc, as ingestion of this mineral can be harmful for pets.

When it comes to their skin care, many animals are bathed more often and become wet regularly during these hotter months. This can cause the natural oils on their skin to become depleted. Consider purchasing a specialty shampoo that can soothe their skin with ingredients like oatmeal.

Summer is a great time of the year to enjoy spending extra quality time with our pets. Be sure to keep an extra watchful eye on them when temperatures rise to ensure they’re happy and healthy.

Article written by freelance writer, Amber Kingsley. Amber is a pet lover and owner who has written several pet articles on many popular blogs and websites. Find her on Facebook!