Halloween and Your Pet - 7 Helpful Hints (Recipe)
Happy Halloween For Your Pet 7 Helpful Hints (recipe)
With all the decorating and make believe Halloween is a fun time of year, but what you find amusing might be down right terrorizing to your dog. You can still have fun if you look at Halloween through your pet’s eyes. Keep in mind that decorations and costume clad kids can look a lot bigger and scarier from their perspective. Here are seven helpful tips that can save you and you pet a lot of angst.
1. While most of us can distinguish between real and make believe your pup might not be able to discern the fine line that separates the two. Fun decorations that jump out at you and make strange noises will send some dogs into a down right frenzy. They may bark or worse attack. Or you may have to explain to your neighbor how his scarecrow ended up in pieces on the front lawn. At Halloween dogs can really do the unexpected. Remember to keep your pup under control at all times and remove them from a situation at the first signs if distress.
2. Kids in costumes can really throw a dog for a loop. Your dog may recognize the voice, but has no idea why the voice looks like a scary monster instead of the kids next door. Your dog may run away or do something totally uncharacteristic like attack. You have no idea what this monster may look like to your pet. Always keep your pet a good distance until you’re confident they can handle the situation.
3. Teasing your dog with decorations or costumes is cruel. Please don’t ever tease your pet with scary masks or decorations. It’s not funny especially if they bite someone. They could end up in quarantine because of an aggression that could have been avoided. Remember, dogs can be unpredictable under certain circumstances.
4. My dog loved Halloween. She’d run to the door in anticipation every time the doorbell rang. Not all dogs understand the concept of dressing up. Unless you know for sure your pet is okay with little kids coming to the door all dressed up it might be better to put them in a quiet room in your house until the trick-or-treating is over. Give them something to occupy their time, like a bone or kong filled with peanut butter.
5. Not all kids like dogs. If your dog has a tendency to jump or lick you might want to secure them away from the front door.
6. If your dog is out trick or treating with you a reflective vest is a must. How appropriate that most of them are orange. Keep control of your dog at all times and don’t let them approach children unless you get permission. And please don’t let them wonder into the street. Be sure they hang back while your child goes to the door. Not all people are fond of dogs. Again, it is up to you to keep them under control at all times.
7. Veterinarian Hospitals are full of sick dogs and cats in the days following Halloween. Always keep the trick-or-treat bags in a place where Fido and Fifi can’t reach them. Besides causing an upset stomach chocolate is poisonous to both dogs and cats. Some sugarless gums and candies contain Xylitol, which is deadly for both cats and dogs and it only takes a small amount to do a lot of damage. Best thing to do is keep your pet away from the goody bags. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Remember it’s always fun until someone ends up at the vet.
Be safe and Happy Halloween!!!!!
While the kids are digging into their candy bags why not make your dog they’re own special Halloween treat. Dogs love pumpkin and peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies
½ cup Canned Pumpkin
½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour
½ cup Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except water. Add water slowly until desired consistency. Use spoon to drop cookie dough onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 min or until cookies spring back when touched.
Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also freeze them for up to three months.