Halloween Tips!

Tricks, Treats, And Costumes, Oh My

Boo! It sure feels like Halloween snuck right up on us, but we have some quick tips to ensure it’s a fun holiday without any scares!

Tricks

dog and cat wearing ghost costumesLet’s chat Halloween safety, because inside those smiling plastic pumpkins and behind the adorable outfits, lurk a few dangers that really can spoil your night.

Keep a watchful eye on pets around chocolate or candy. Symptoms of poisoning from ingesting these items may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. If you find your pet has eaten candy, contact your veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital if the incident occurs after hours.

Costumes can also pose a danger. Whether they are worn by humans or pets, they often include small pieces that pose a choking hazard or intestinal obstruction. Supervision is key!

Finally, with the steady influx of trick or treaters, it is best to keep pets secured safely in a crate or a back room so they do not dash out the door. The hustle and bustle can be stressful for our pets, so providing a safe and quiet space away from the activity may help reduce potential distress.

 

Treats

While our pets cannot indulge in the sugary sweets Halloween is known for, there are safe treats they can have!

Ingredients:

1 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup unsweetened plain applesauce

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 cups rice flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend carrots, applesauce and pumpkin in food processor until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix rice flour and oatmeal together. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently until dough forms. Roll out dough on floured board to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Place cookies on greased cookie sheet and bake for seven minutes. Remove tray from oven and flip cookies over. Bake for another five minutes. Remove tray from oven and let the cookies cool completely before serving to your furry friends! (Source: Mom.me)

Costumes

We can all agree, a pet dressed up in a Halloween costume always inspires a smile. While adorable, it’s important to make sure your pet is having fun, too; take caution when choosing an outfit for Fido or Fluffy.

Here are some tips when selecting your pet’s outfit:

  • Ensure a costume fits properly and is not overly tight or restrictive.
  • Watch for allergic reaction. Some fabrics and materials may irritate your pet’s skin and cause redness or itching. If symptoms are noted, remove the costume and contact your veterinarian.
  • Supervise your pet at all times while wearing a costume. We know how determined our furry companions can be and chewing parts of their costume could pose a danger.

Now for the fun part! Check out the following delightful DIY pet costumes:


Use pipe cleaners creatively!

Project Credit and DIY Details : allfreeholidaycrafts

 

An awe-worthy Ewok!

Project Credit and DIY Details : makezine

 

Three eyed monster costume hat on Pug

The cutest 3-eyed monster around!

Project Credit and DIY Details: DIY Network

 

If you are a very brave soul or have cooperative cat these are for you!

If you have a cone or e-collar around, add a festive cocktail stirrer for an instant kitty martini.

Source: Bargain Babe

 

Felt flower DIY cat costume

Is this cat smiling or frowning? We can’t quite tell, but if your kitty is ready to blossom, layer some felt flower cut outs for an instant costume!

Source: Bargain Babe 

 

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