Is your pet the cutest ever? Are you full of creative talent? Show us how adorable and creative your pet and you are by participating in our pumpkin look-a-like celebration! Carve or paint a pumpkin with your pet’s likeness, take a side-by-side photo of the pumpkin with your pet, then email or message us with your photo(s), your and your pet’s names, and we’ll feature your submissions in our newsletter and on social media throughout the next two months. Will your pet and pumpkin be the cutest, scariest, biggest, smallest, most creative, one-of-a-kind or best likeness overall? We’ll only know if you send us your photos, so get painting, carving or otherwise creating your pumpkin and send us your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us via Facebook or Instagram.
Halloween comes this month, of course, and while it’s generally a fun time for people, it can pose a number of potential safety hazards for pets, who tend to experience high levels of stress due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday.
Here are a few tips to keep you and your four-legged family members safe and happy this Halloween:
- Keep your pet away from harmful Halloween candy, food and other substances. You may consider certain foods treats, but they may be deadly tricks for your pets. Chocolate, raisins, grapes, xylitol (a sweetener), yeast dough and more can be deadly to pets, especially dogs, so keep all such goodies well out of reach. If you have visitors, tell them not to feed your pets any foods meant for human consumption. And if nicotine, alcohol or marijuana will be consumed in your home this Halloween, be extra vigilant to keep these items out of your pet’s reach. These substances can be deadly to pets.
- Make your home a safe space for your pet. Animals can get stressed with the hustle and bustle of visitors and trick-or- treaters. It’s best to keep your pets indoors and provide them with a safe, quiet, escape-proof room where they can remain calm and relaxed. Remember to provide plenty of fresh water and their favorite, familiar items like their bed, blanket and toys.
- If you choose to dress your pet up in costume, make sure they can move in it comfortably and, most importantly, safely. Avoid costumes that require tying anything around your pet’s neck they could choke on, or costumes that make it difficult for your pet to walk. Look to your pet for clues as to whether or not an outfit is a good fit. If they struggle or are uncomfortable, then maybe it’s best to forego the urge to dress them up.
- Make sure your pet has identification with your up-to-date contact information! This is important year-round, but especially at holidays like Fourth of July and Halloween, when there’s lots of activity and potentially loud noises that can scare your pets and make them more likely to run and/or hide to get away from the disturbance. Two forms of ID are best – a tag with your name and current, working phone number, and a microchip registered with your current contact information. We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your microchip information updated if you move, or change phone numbers or emails. Don’t let something so simple to fix keep you and your best friend from being reunited should something happen! If you need help registering or updating your pet’s microchip information, please reach out to us.
We wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween!