Keep Calm and Trick or Treat: Halloween Anxiety Management for your Pet

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Hpet safety halloweenalloween may be fun for you and I, but it can be very stressful for your pets. The night is filled with kids ringing the door bell over and over, wearing crazy costumes, and screaming trick-or-treat. There are treats all over that they can’t eat, and scary sounds everywhere. This can be a high anxiety evening.

Watch the Door

If your dog get too scared they may try to make a break for the door and run away. First, make sure your pet is microchipped so if they do run away, it is easy for them to be returned  home to you quickly. You can get your pet microchipped during any of our daily walk in shot clinics.

Keep your pet away from the front door so they don’t get a chance to run out. If your dog barks a lot at the door, you may want to put them farther back in the house so they can’t hear the activity at the door.

Keep Your Pets Inside

It may seem like keeping them in the back yard during may help keep them calm, but typically it just makes them more anxious. They are more likely to bark and growl at every costumed kid. They may even try to flee your back yard, especially if you have kids come to your house that are more trick than treat.

Black cats are in particular danger on Halloween. Because many people believe they are bad luck, they are at a high risk for violence. Definitely keep your black cats inside.

A Kennel Vacation

If your dog is prone to having really high anxiety, you may want to consider putting them in a kennel for the night. Often times, kennels are a lot of fun for your dog and are like a little vacation. Taking them to a kennel can not only give them a fun break but also a reprieve from the anxiety of Halloween night.

Natural Remedies

There are some great natural remedies that can help quell anxiety. Lavender is wonderful as a calming agent. Try putting a drop of lavender on their collar, or get a lavender sachet to add to their kennel or sleeping are. The smell of lavender naturally soothes and calms the nerves. You can also try using Rescue Remedy in their water. Rescue Remedy is a naturopathic remedy you can buy at most pet stores. Ingesting it has been known to cause calming effects on pets.

 

 

 

 

Halloween Pet Safety

Pet HalloweenHalloween is a great time for families and fun. But good fun comes with good safety. If you want to make sure that all your family members have a good time, lets make sure that some pet safety is observed for the Halloween.

In a previous post we discussed costume safety to make sure that your pet was not only safe in their costume but having a good time.

Other tips for Halloween Pet Safety are:

  1. Keep your pet away from Halloween candy and food. Most candy is not safe for your pet. There are dangers such as chocolate, which can cause theobromine poisoning, and other candies that contain xylitol which is also toxic to pets, and even more natural candies can be a choking hazard or just cause a basic upset stomach. If you want to give your pet a treat it is better to make them their own treat that is both good for them and yummy. Check out some of our great dog treat recipes for yummy home made dog treats.
  2. Trick or treating can be a stressful event for your pet. The door bell ringing all night, all the kids coming to the door being loud and dressed in different costumes, can all be exciting and also anxiety provoking. Give your pet a safe space to retreat to that is away from all the noise and excitement.
  3. Lots of love and attention is one of the best ways to help combat anxiety. If you pet seems anxious, try to spend some time together and give them some special attention. Just petting them and spending time with them can be enough to help quell anxiery.
  4. Keep your pet away from the Jack-o-lantern. We already spoke about the safe way to share pumpkin with your dog. But another danger with the jack-o-lantern is the candle. Do not let your dog or cat sniff your jack-o-lantern. The candle can burn their hair, nose, or whiskers. Do not let them eat the candle, as the candle itself can cause an intestinal blockage.

Halloween is such a fun time. Make sure to have a safe and fun Halloween.

 

Help My Dog Ate My Jack-o-Lantern

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pumpkin dogsWhat is the real truth when it comes to pumpkins and your dog? People say that pumpkins are good for dogs but not to let your dog eat your jack-o-lantern, so what is really going on?

First, pumpkin is a great treat for your dog. It is a does good things for their digestive track and is great for adding some necessary fiber to their diet. Always check with your local Albuquerque vet before introducing a new food to your dog’s diet. If you haven’t ever given them pumpkin before, it is best to ask your vet first. You don’t want to accidentally give your dog the runs.

If you do give your dog pumpkin, don’t go crazy and give them an entire pumpkin. Give them 1 or 2 tablespoons worth. If it is a small dog, stick with 1 teaspoon or even 1/2 a teaspoon. Just like with people too much fiber is not a good thing. Pumpkin contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. So if your dog is constipated, a little pumpkin can help get things moving. If they have diarrhea it can also help stop some things up. But start with a little and see how their body reacts.

Though pumpkin seeds are considered healthy for your dog, we caution against them because they are easy to choke on. If you give your dog the seeds, give them only a few at a time and make sure they are swallowing them thoroughly before giving them any more.

To Cook or Not To Cook?

You do not have to cook pumpkin before giving it to your dog, though it can be easier to give them and easier for them to eat if they have been cooked first. The only type of pumpkin that is not safe for your dog is your jack-o-lantern. Once you have carved up your pumpkin, it starts to go bad very quickly. Your jack-o-lantern can start getting mold within a few days of being carved. If you share any of your jack-o-lantern, make sure it is only on the day that you carve it.

Can You Give Too Much Pumpkin?

Yes you can. Typically for a cat you should give no more than 1 teaspoon per feeding and about the same for a small dog. A larger dog can have up to 2 teaspoons per meal. If you start seeing your pets poo turning orange, much larger than usual, or looking like pudding, it is time to cut back on the pumpkin.

 

Overall pumpkin is a great treat for your pet. It is both yummy and healthy. Make sure you check out our dog food recipes for great home made dog food recipes that have pumpkin.