Halloween is a great time of year -- candy, costumes, and a
general air of mischief... what more could you ask for? Not only
is Halloween fun for us, but with the right preparation, it can
be a special occasion for our four-legged friends as well. Over
the years, we here at PetCareRx have build up quite a catalog of
helpful Halloween tips to help you maximize your fun this spooky
Pets (assuming they are up for it) can make a great canvas for
your crazy costume ideas, but first you need to come up with one.
If you're trying to get the creative juices flowing, this article
is sure to spark some ideas, as well as give you great pointers
on how to execute your homemade Halloween handiwork.
Halloween can be a scary time for pets -- lots of dangerous
chocolate going around, people in scary costumes -- it's a
perfect storm! Prepare for the worst with this article, outlining
everything you need to know about keeping pets safe during
One potential downside of this time of year is that it can bring
to the surface some unfounded myths about cats. Instead, we're
celebrating their uniqueness and taking a look at where some of
these myths come from.
Having trouble finding ways to include your pets in the Halloween
festivities? It can be tough, what with all the chocolate (a huge
pet no-no) and costumes (that can be genuinely frightening for
pets), so we dug up these pet-safe activities to help you bring
your pets into the Halloween hoopla.
Looking for something more original in your costuming selection?
Why not look back through the annals of time and see what type of
outfit might be historically and/or culturally relevant. Dress
your French Bulldog like Napoleon! Give your Chow Chow a Fu
Manchu! Pop a cape on your Beagle and call them Underdog! Just
don’t be afraid to get outside that ol' box.
Are you a massive sports fan? So much so that your team spirit
spills over to your pets? Well, do we have a Halloween idea for
you! Show off your sports love by making your pet the mascot for
your favorite team. It'll be done in a flash with these tips and
Keep Your Dog Safe On Halloween
From spooky ghosts to lumbering vampires, Halloween is just
around the corner and thousands of kids are preparing their
costumes for a night of trick-or-treating. But sometimes, it's
man's best friend who steals the spotlight from everyone.
New Jersey On-Line reported that residents of Essex County
involved their dogs in some of the last-minute Halloween
preparations. Brookdale Dog Park in Bloomfield and South Mountain
Dog Park in Maplewood recently hosted the
county's annual "Strut Your Mutt
Canine Costume and Parade Contest.
" Families' furry friends donned their best costumes and competed
for a range of awards, from Best in Show, to Most Creative, to
Best Couple.For Brookdale, three owners won Best in Show for
their "NASCAR race cars" costume that had pooches post as the
vehicles with their parents dressed as the drivers. The scariest
award went to Jai Lee Wexler from Harrison, New Jersey, who
dressed as Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians" with her pooch
Chenel dolled up as one of the titular pups.At South
Mountain, Harold Burk from Cedar Grove and his dog Gekka won Best
in Show for their turn as a sunflower and a butterfly,
respectively. The award for Most Creative went to Nila
Schomfield, who dressed up as an acrobat with her pet Georgia.
Keeping your dog safe on
The holiday brings lots of fun and excitement to everyone's
doorsteps, as adults host parties for friends and
families and kids walk in groups from house to house in
search of candy. Parents focus on keeping their children safe
throughout the night, but what about Fido?The American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offered
several safety tips for pet
parents to review as Halloween approaches
. Many of the organization's suggestions are common-sense
precautions, but many dog owners overlook these guidelines in the
mayhem of getting ready for the night.It's important to keep the
candy bowl for trick-or-treaters out of the canine's reach.
Chocolate can be very dangerous for all pets, and some of these
sweets contain artificial sweeteners that could cause digestive
problems. If you suspect your dog has ingested something toxic,
call your veterinarian right away.If pet parents decide to put a
costume on their dogs, they have to make sure there are no small
parts or dangling pieces that could be chewed off. These can
cause pooches to choke or become tangled, resulting in injury.
Before Halloween kicks off, use your PetPlus membership to
order some fun, healthy treats for your dog to enjoy.