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Here's our Bandit girl showing off some of the FiveSibes™ treat jars & snacks! With five, we need a variety of treats! And a healthy hint for those watching their furry waistline is to nosh on frozen green beans or sprinkle some Blue Buffalo Super Bars over plain, fat-free yogurt and kibble, but if you still like to periodically indulge in a store-bought treat: split the treat in half, or check out the 5 calorie mini-version of MilkBones. (We are not a paid endorser, this is something we found and liked!)
This here is a picture of the 10 lb. box of bones we will be dropping off at our local ASPCA to bring a little Howloween treat to some of the canine residents there. Thanks, Jack & Moo, for the great idea!
Looking for more excitement? For some really fun screams and howls, be sure to pop over to experience the ParaNorwood! Exciting and strange things have been happening there all this week! And, then hop on over to I Still Want More Puppies for lots of Halloween trivia, costume ideas, and parade photos, oh...and the best part, check out the Best Pet Trick video!!! It really is pretty cool!
- Keep chocolate and all Halloween candy away from where dogs can reach them. So many of these “treats” are toxic to canines. And ladies, that includes purses. Be sure they are zipped up so dogs can't get to gum (sugar-free is toxic), medications, candy, small items they can swallow, etc.
- If adults are having some Halloween beverages containing alcohol, be sure your furkid doesn't get into your glass for a sample. Alcohol is toxic and not for pet consumption.
- Be careful of toy treats as they could become choking hazards.
- If you dress up your pet in a costume, keep the pet where you can see him/her at all times. Costumes can catch and hurt your pet’s limbs, and some fabrics that tie around the neck can also get caught on something or tighten, thereby choking the pet.
- When the trick-or-treaters come ringing your doorbell, keep your dogs safe by keeping them in another room to avoid anxiety, as well as minimizing the possibility of their escaping out the front door. Some feel more secure in their own crates or rooms with a TV or radio playing in the background for white noise.
- Be sure to have your canine pal’s collar on with current ID tags, just in case they do escape during the commotion.
- Tails wag; dogs jump – so be careful not to have any candles or jack-o-lanterns lit anywhere near your dog (and his tail and paws) to avoid burns and fire hazards.
- While dogs love socializing and playing with children, especially Sibes, please don’t take them out while trick-or-treating. Even the most docile pet can become scared and react differently from the norm, i.e. jumping, growling, breaking free, etc. Leave them at home where they can be calm and safe in their own environment.
- If you know your pet gets stressed from all the creepy talking Halloween decorations, music, visitors, and doorbell chimes, you may want to use a calming aid, such as the all-natural Rescue Remedy, or spray his/her pillow, blanket, or kennel with pheromone-mimicking Comfort Zone (or use the plug-in style) to help ease their anxiety.
- If you have outside dogs, PLEASE don’t leave them out alone on Halloween (or even the night before). If you can’t bring them in, stay with them. There have been some horror stories of people tossing poisoned food into yards and having deadly, or at the very least, sickly results. And, even some reports of animals being physically hurt.
- In case of an emergency, have your vet’s, the 24-hour animal hospital’s, and Poison Control numbers programmed into your phone’s speed dial, as well as having them posted in plain sight.
And don't forget to check back here on Halloween for the posting of our "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Photo Contest winners and the Autumn Howl-o-ween Pets on Parade video slideshow featuring contest winners and furpals from across the globe! It's going to be a scream!
Always with an eye always on our pets’ safety and well-being, here’s wishing all furkids and their Hu-families a safe and “spook”tacular howling Howl-o-ween!
Thank you to our hosts for today's Pet Bloggers Blog Hop: Two Little Cavaliers, Life with Dogs, and Confessions of the Plume! Please be sure to stop by the other blogs, too!