Trick or Treat! Halloween is a really fun time of the year. It’s starting to cool down, so you can even break out the sweaters! I know I’m wearing one on my walks with my dogs now. However, there are some vital Halloween pet safety tips you need to keep in mind.
Here are my tips to make sure that this is a fun and safe Halloween not just for you, but for your pets!
1. Check that your pet's costumes are comfortable. I recommend avoiding costumes that have velcro straps since those can easily get caught in your pet’s fur. Costumes that obscure vision or impede walking should be left on the shelves. Of course, the best advice to give is to try the costume on your pet before buying it! Have your pet walk around a little bit in it (if possible) to see if it’s something that it feels comfortable in. If it is colder in your area and you're planning on taking them out, try and find a costume that will provide a bit of warmth for them.
2. Do your pets get overly excited when people come to the door? Consider having them stay in a room in the house where you can close the door. Leave them access to food, water, and pee pads or a litter box. Unless you're taking them out with you, this is by far the best option.
3. Keep away is the name of the game for Halloween. You need to check to see that your pets won’t be able to play with any decorations or have access to pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds, in particular, you need to keep an eye out for if you are carving any pumpkins. Also, keep any candy bowls out of reach from your pets so they don’t get into them. If there are any children in your house, talk with them about why their Halloween candy is not good for cats and dogs. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Luckily, there are some treats you can create for them in #5!
4. Did your pet eat something toxic? Call your vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888)426-4435 as soon as possible!
5. Bake some fun Halloween treats for your pets so they don’t feel left out! Note that this recipe is primarily for dogs.
From allrecipes.com we have a cool, festive treat with peanut butter and pumpkin.
*2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (if your dog is allergic to wheat, try almond flour instead)
*1/2 cup canned pumpkin (when we tried it, we used 1 cup)
*2 tablespoons peanut butter
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*water (add as needed when mixing)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Mix together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.