Top Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Owners


Halloween is right around the corner, and that means even more dangers lurking for family pets. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center compiled a list of safety tips for us and we would like to share them with you:

Candy
: Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s keen sense of smell will lead him to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact our office right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or if it is sugar-free and contains xylitol.

 

 

Glow Sticks: 
These fun little gadgets are commonly used to keep kids safe while they’re outside in the dark. Pets (especially cats) find the sticks to be a lot of fun as well. We commonly get calls about pets puncturing the sticks. While most of them are labeled as non-toxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste, and we’ll often see pets who bit into them and then began drooling and racing around the house. A little treat or sip of milk and the taste reaction will usually stop. Here’s a fun trick: To make sure none of the glow stick material is on a pet’s coat, take him or her into a dark place – a closet or windowless bathroom, for example – and see if there’s any glow on the coat. Look particularly around the mouth and neck, and be sure to thoroughly wipe any spots off that glow with a damp cloth. This will help prevent the pet from licking material off their coat and having another reaction.

Anxiety
: Some dogs experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors. Keeping your pet away from all the trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think that your pet will need something more, speak with us in advance.

 

Please keep pets out of all candy and chocolate treats, be safe this Halloween and HAVE FUN!

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How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

Dogs need their daily exercise, and even things like it being too hot outside or the days getting shorter shouldn’t get in the way. Here are some tips on how to work out your dog’s body and mind indoors:

1. Run your dog up and down the stairs.

Using the stairs is a great way to tire out your dog. The steps add an additional challenge to a dog’s workout, as they engage different muscles than those used on a regular walk or run and add an extra level of difficulty with the change in elevation. Stand at the top of the stairs and throw a toy down to your dog. When your dog grabs the toy, call his name and have him bring the toy to you. After several rounds of this, he’ll be winded.

2. Laser pointer.

Pick up an inexpensive laser pointer at a store and shine it back and forth across the floor. Watch as your dog chases the laser back and forth and works out in the process. Be careful to avoid shining the laser directly in a dog’s eyes, as this can cause damage to its retinas.

3. Set up obstacle courses.

Map everything out and lead your dog through the various obstacles you set. This game will challenge your dog both mentally and physically.

4. Make your dog work for its treats.

Take a variety of your dog’s favorite treats and hide them around the house – behind doors, under tables, underneath rugs, etc. Your dog will be so busy tracking down his treats that he’ll physically tire out in the process. Treat dispensing toys are another great way to keep your dog busy and engage them physically as they push around their toys and try to get to the food inside.

5. Keep away and fetch.

Engage your dog in a good old-fashioned game of fetch and keep away. These games keep your dog engaged, active, and help to release pent up energy.

6. Take a socialized outing.

Put your dog in the car and head over to the nearest pet store. Walk your dog through the aisles, let him try out toys and sniff around.

7. Get your dog on the treadmill.

A treadmill is a great way to get your dog a dose of healthy indoor exercise. First, allow your dog to get comfortable with the sight and sound of a running treadmill. Next, place your dog on the treadmill and give him a treat. Turn the treadmill on the lowest speed. Give him treats to keep him on the treadmill. You may use the dog’s leash as an aid but never tie your dog to the treadmill. Also, standing in front of the treadmill and rewarding him with treats for walking might make your dog feel more comfortable. Once your dog is adjusted, you can gradually increase the speed to provide a more challenging workout.

8. Tug of War—But Be Aware of the Risks

With the amount of ropes and toys available that encourage tug of war, it’s not surprising that so many dog owners play this game with their dog. However, you need to be aware of the risk. It’s a game that brings out the predator in your dog and can be unhealthy for your relationship if you don’t have trust and respect to begin with. You need to have control over your dog’s power and instincts before you can engage in a healthy game of tug of war with them.

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How to make homemade treats your cat will love

Your furry feline will love these gourmet cat treats you made from scratch. Many owners can save a few dollars making gourmet cat food at home rather than buying it. You and your furry friend will be happy. You can give them these at a holiday or a special day, or just make them whenever you feel like it. But either way, your cat will love you.

You will need:

6 oz canned fish, packed in water. (Tuna, salmon, or sardines.)

3 tbsp grated vegetables.

1/4 cup dry ingredients: wheat germ, rolled oats, cooked rice, and possibly bread crumbs.

A few tablespoons of water.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Open the can of fish and pour in a bowl. Mix in the vegetables with the fish. Mix in the flour and the dry ingredient combination with the fish and veggies. Add some water to the fish mixture until soft but stiff enough to roll into little balls.

Roll dough into small little balls and place them evenly on a nonstick or greased baking pan.

Bake in oven 10 to 20 minutes until baked through. Let cool for 5 minutes before taking them off the pan. Your cat will thank you, have fun!

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Making your own homemade dog treats can be a fun reward for you dog. There are many benefits to making your own dog treats at home and it is an exciting activity for them too, they love to help!

Control what goes into the recipe. You can ensure that your pet is getting a nutritious and wholesome snack. You can also tailor your dog treat recipes to your dog’s taste preferences as well as cater to any dietary restrictions.

Prevent unhealthy additives. Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, which help to extend their shelf life. In addition, store bought treats are often made from fillers and byproducts as opposed to natural and high quality ingredients. By creating your own treats at home, you will be able to provide your dog with a healthy snack that is not only nutritious but is also free of unhealthy additives.

Tasty alternative. Making your own dog treats allows you to provide your pet with a tasty alternative to his usual doggie biscuit.

Experiment. Try different things and combinations – this is fun! We will post one recipe per week and we encourage you to share yours with our readers.

#1 Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Dog Treats

The perfect snack to cool your pet down after a vigorous play session

Ingredients

32 ounces vanilla yogurt

1 cup peanut butter

Directions

Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl

Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter

Pour the mixture into cupcake papers

Place in the freezer

 

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