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Top Ten Pet Costumes of 2015

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be wondering what your pet wants to be. Here are the top ten pet costumes of 2015 to give you some ideas. We especially love the Ewok.

1. Despicable Me Minion.
2. Star Wars collection, ewok.
3. Birthday Girl clown hat for dogs.
4. Animal Planet triceratops dog costume.

5. Luau Shirt Pet Costume
6. Sombrero for Pets
7. Rubies Halloween Classics Collection
8. Animal Planet Lion Dog Costume

9. Animal Planet Raptor Dog Costume
10. Rubies Dapper Dog Pet Costume

Do you dress your dog up for Halloween? Which is your favorite costume? Do you have a costume planned already?

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Strut Your Mutt 2015

We love Best Friends, and are so excited for Strut Your Mutt 2015!

I’m strutting as part of a local rescue team (you can support my goal here if you want), but you can walk as an individual, start your own team, or join one a team that already exists. You can even strut virtually!

Strut Your Mutt, presented by BOBS from Skechers, is a 12 city fundraising dog walk, 5K run and festival that brings together rescue groups, shelters and individuals to celebrate the collective effort of saving the lives of shelter pets.

The event kicked off the tour last weekend in Minneapolis and Portland, and will be visiting the following cities this month and next:

Austin – September 19
Kanab, UT – September 19
Jacksonville, FL – September 26
NYC – September 26
San Francisco – October 3
DC Metro Area – October 10
Los Angeles – October 10
St. Louis – October 10
Houston – October 17
Salt Lake City – October 24

Since 2010, Best Friends has raised more than $5.2 million for its animal welfare partners through Strut Your Mutt. The national goal for this year is $2.6 million.

Can’t make it to an in person strut? Join the virtual Strut Your Mutt Challenge! Supporters can raise money to help homeless pets in their own communities or for national programs that help to create sweeping changes for homeless pets everywhere. Learn more about it and join the fun at Strut Your Mutt.

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Top 5 Tips to Address Separation Anxiety in Pets during Back-to-School Season By Purina veterinarian Dr. Kurt Venator

This post is sponsored by Purina. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Purina Back to School program, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.

Back to school can be an exciting and stressful time both for people and pets. You might notice your pet feeling anxious as the routine in the household changes. As always, check with your veterinarian whenever you notice changes in your pet’s behavior to rule out any physical issues. If you find your pet is feeling anxious, the following five tips can help.

Back to school tips for pets

Top 5 Tips to Address Separation Anxiety in Pets during Back-to-School Season By Dr. Kurt Venator

Now that the kids are heading back to school, pets may start to feel lonely or experience separation anxiety. Below, are five tips that pet owners can do to help address separation anxiety in their pets:

  • Get your pet into a routine. Pets love routine because it makes them feel secure. During the summer, kids are always around to make things entertaining and exciting for their pets. When they suddenly disappear, some cats and dogs will feel sad and confused while others may experience real separation anxiety. Thus, it’s important that pet owners help get their pet acclimated to the change by replacing the old schedule with a new one, such as allocating time to play with them after work or keeping a consistent schedule when coming and going from the house.
  • Burn off some energy. Some pets deal with separation anxiety by becoming destructive (e.g. howling, chewing on objects or other parts of the house). A great way to keep your dog from doing this is by taking them on a walk in the morning before you leave the house to help burn off some of that extra energy. For cats, consider playing with them at night as well – whether it’s making them chase a feather wand or play with a ball.
  • Create an interactive environment: Back-to-school season is a great time to buy your pet a new, interactive toy to play with. This will help mentally stimulate them and keep them occupied during the day when the kids are away at school. For dogs, chew toys are a way for them to relieve their anxiety, frustration and boredom. For cats, creating a play area where they can be entertained even when you’re not home, can help ease the separation anxiety. This can include having things like scratching posts or cat furniture in your home.
  • Turn up the tunes and start with baby steps. Try leaving some soothing music on at your home while everyone is out of the house. The music will help drown out distracting noises that your dog may mistakenly associate with the kids coming home. Some animal shelters have even found that playing calming music helps the pets in their facilities relax. Additionally, get your pets comfortable with noises that may indicate your departure. For example, jingle your car keys occasionally and practice opening and closing the door to get them accustomed to noises that could increase anxiety.
  • Spend time with your pet. It’s important to remember that while you may have had a long day, your pet may have been sitting at home feeling lonely waiting for you to come home. Spending some quality time with your pet at the end of the day is critical to helping keep them active and mentally sharp. It may be tough to fit into a busy work schedule, but be sure to build some interactive time – whether it’s a walk or cuddle session – to show your pets you care.

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