Halloween is this week, and we are sharing how we celebrate over on the PetCo community blog! Come read the ways we include Baby the Maltese in our Halloween celebrations, and maybe find some fun ways to include your pets in the fun too!
If you love Halloween, chances are you like to include your pets in the fun! Luckily there are a lot of great costume options for pets at EntirelyPets. We had a lot of fun picking out some costumes for our review, as you can see below, there are some REALLY cute options! Quick note, although Baby loves wearing clothing, she hates wearing things on her head.
This bee costume is the cutest thing ever. The dress is adorable, easy to put on, and the costume comes with cute little antennas too. The dress has Velcro in the front (the belly part of the dog) so it doesn’t have to go over the head. Did you see the fun tulle skirt? And those wings? Adorable!
Or perhaps you would rather dress your pet as a little Minion?! Again, the costume came with a fun head piece, complete with goggles and Minion eyes. Oh I wish we could have gotten her to keep it on long enough for a photo, you will just have to see the Minion costume on the site to get the full effect.
And last, but not least, is the fun butterfly costume. This one would be great for dogs that don’t like putting things over their heads. The wings go under the front legs, it could not be easier! It also comes with a cute antenna hood.
Does your dog enjoy dressing up for Halloween or other holidays? Halloween is sure to be a treat with all the fun costume options for pets. Visit EntirelyPets to see their full selection of costumes and toys.
Disclosure: EntirelyPets provided costumes for our review. As always, our opinion is our own.
While humans are uttering “oohs” and “ahhs,” enjoying the 4th of July fireworks, many terrified dogs are digging under or jumping over fences, breaking tethers or even shattering windows in an attempt to escape from the frightening noises. Cats who are allowed outside are also vulnerable to being scared away from their homes.
Frightened run-away pets wind up in shelters across the country, which fill beyond capacity in the days following the unofficial kickoff to summer, making it their busiest time of year. Some of these lost animals will eventually be reunited with their families, but others will sadly be injured or killed in traffic or remain unclaimed in shelters.
Although it’s unclear why fireworks are more terrifying for some pets than others, Best Friends Animal Society veterinarian Dr. Michael Dix points out that loud noise that seem to come out of nowhere, can induce a fear response in many dogs.
“If a dog cannot settle down, constantly pants, barks or seems to be trying to hide or escape, they may have a fear of fireworks,” Dix said. “If you feel your animal has a severe phobia or a negative reaction to fireworks, you should contact your veterinarian about options including anti-anxiety medications.”
“Noise phobias in cats tend to be less noticeable,” Dix continued. “They can manifest as hiding in small areas, which is also behavior for a cat. Thus, owners are less aware of the stress the cat may feel.” Best Friends Animal Society recommends taking a few simple precautions before the first fireworks are lit to help keep pets home, safe and comfortable this holiday weekend:
Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a quiet room, close curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including in your own yard or street, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.
Ensure that pets are microchipped and wear current identification tags, just in case they accidentally get loose.
If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check immediately and often with local animal shelters. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion. Kennel space is often limited around the 4th of July because so many pets panic, and some shelters are unable to hold animals extra time due to overcrowding.
About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.