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Avoiding Halloween Tricks for you Pets

Halloween TreatWhile Halloween can be a howling good time for family members of all ages, it can be downright dangerous for pets – from toxic Halloween candy to pet costumes turned choking hazards. Sink your fangs into this scary stat from Petplan pet insurance: During Halloween week, pets are 84% more likely to visit the vet for raisin poisoning and 26% more likely to visit for chocolate poisoning.

Below are great tips from Petplan veterinarians for keeping pets safe this Halloween.

Afraid of the Dark (Chocolate): Chocolate poses a whole pillowcase-full of problems for pets. While all chocolate is toxic to pets, dark chocolates are the most dangerous containing a higher concentration of toxins like theobromine and caffeine, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and increased heart rate and blood pressure. It can even be fatal depending on the amount ingested. Milk chocolate has higher fat content which can trigger conditions like pancreatitis. The risk of chocolate toxicity during Halloween spikes 26% higher than at other times of the year. Be sure to keep the candy haul out of paws reach!

Raisin’ Hell: Some pet parents prefer to hand out raisins to trick-or-treaters instead of sugary sweets. While healthier for children, raisins are terribly toxic to pets – especially dogs. Even in small doses, raisin consumption can cause kidney failure. The risk of raisin toxicity is 84% higher during Halloween than at other times of the year. Be sure that any raisins are out of reach from pets.

Ghastly Get-Ups: According to the National Retail Federation, 16.2% of pet parents will dress up Fido or Fluffy this year. Be certain pets are able to breathe and move freely in their costumes and choose an outfit that doesn’t have extra pieces like legs, hats or pompoms, as dogs often mistake these choking hazards for chew toys. Remember, too, that pets can become overheated and dehydrated in their disguises, even in cooler weather.

When Witches Come Calling: If you’re expecting lots of ghosts and goblins to ring your doorbell, make sure your pet isn’t tempted to dash out the door. Consider setting up a room with water, food, toys and a comfy bed where your pet can stay safe and sound.

Wrappers of Fright: Foil, cardboard and paper wrapping can cause just as much mischief as the candy inside! If a pet snacks on wrappers, they can become stuck in his guts, causing an obstruction that often requires surgery to remove. After bingeing on bonbons, be sure to toss trash in a lidded can well away from sniffing snouts.

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Most popular dog Halloween costumes

We love to see all the cute Halloween costumes for dogs! So far this year, these are the most popular according to Amazon. We can see why! They are all so cute.

STAR WARS COSTUMES
With the upcoming release of Rogue One this winter, Star Wars costumes are super popular:

Ewok dog costume
Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Ewok Pet Costume

Bantha dog costume
Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Bantha Rider Pet Costume

Yoda dog costume
Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Yoda Pet Costume

SUPER HERO COSTUMES
Super heroes will always be on-trend, and these two classics made the Amazon best-seller list:
Batman Dog Costume
Rubies Costume DC Heroes and Villains Collection Classic Batman Pet Costume

Wonderwoman Dog Costume
Rubies Costume DC Heroes and Villains Collection Wonder Woman Pet Costume

And what would this year be without ELECTION COSTUMES
Try pairing a suit with this wig for a very on-topic pet costume:
Business suit for dogs

Rubies Costume Company Pet Business Suit Costume

Dog wig

Rubies Costume Company Political Billionaire Pet Wig

No matter what your pup dresses up as for Halloween, we hope that you will both have a safe and fun holiday. Which of these costumes is your favorite?

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Make Halloween a Treat, Not a Trick, for the Family Pet

Keep pets safe and secure from monsters, goblins and other Halloween dangers

Halloween can be challenging night for families with pets. While some pets enjoy the festivities, the strange sights and sounds may frighten others. Cats usually hide, but dogs may run away in fear – or run after trick-or-treaters in excitement.

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“Halloween can be unsettling – and even dangerous — for family pets. To ensure it is a fun night for everyone, responsible pet parents need to take precautions,” says Renee Coughlin of at-home pet care provider Canine Company. She offers the following advice to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort:

  • Choose pet costumes with care, making sure they won’t restrict movement or vision and that there are no small pieces your pet can swallow. Introduce the costume a few days in advance so she gets used to it. Canine Company professional dog trainers recommend offering a treat and praise to help with the process.
  • Don’t force your pet to wear a costume if he isn’t comfortable. Instead, give your pet some Halloween flair with stencils and pet-safe paints or can create a Mohawk or punk hairdo with colored styling gels. A cute seasonal bandana is another option.
  • Bring pets indoors before dusk. Pets left alone outside – especially black cats –may fall victim to tricksters. Some pets become anxious at the children’s shouts and the constantly ringing doorbell. If your pet seems nervous, confine him to a room away from the activity.
  • Keep your dog on leash to prevent him from dashing out an open door. If you have an Invisible Fence system, you won’t need a leash, but be sure he is wearing his collar so he stays safely in the yard. If you take her trick-or-treating, be sure she is wearing identification tags in case she runs off in fear or in pursuit of other children.
  • Keep candy well out of reach. Chocolate is toxic for dogs: so is xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in many candies and gums. It’s best to have pet-safe treats in your pocket or close at hand to distract pets from candy.

“With a little extra planning, we can make Halloween a fun night for the entire family,” says Coughlin. For more advice on pet health and safety, visit Speak! Good Blog!

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Fourth of July Cat Safety Tips

July 4th is a day filled with cook-outs, fireworks, swimming, and in general, good times… for the humans, that is. For pets, Independence Day can be a day (and night) of unsettling noises, separation from the family, confusion and danger. Here are some tips to help keep your cat safe during this holiday.

Cat safety tips for the Fourth of July

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