Ten Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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Halloween can be a stressful time for pets.  Most veterinary practices see an increase in visits at this time of year.  Here are some handy tips to keep in mind to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

  • Let’s face it:  It’s a sad fact that there are pranksters out there who enjoy doing mean things to pets on Halloween.  Cats are especially at risk.  If you have outdoor cats and ESPECIALLY black cats, I suggest keeping them indoors where they will be safe on Halloween.  Pets have been teased, abused, stolen, and even killed on Halloween.  
  • Opening your door multiple times to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters can make it easy for your pet to dart out the door.  Consider keeping them in a back room and away from the door on Halloween night.
  • Halloween can be a spooky and scary time for your pet.  Doorbells ringing and spooky loud, and excited children dressed in scary costumes can frighten animals and even make the nicest of dogs more likely to bite. Again, consider keeping them  in a back room away from all the commotion.  Playing some soothing background music or having a TV on may help drown out some of the noise.
  • Make sure your pets ID tags or are up to date on Halloween just in case they do happen to escape out the door.  The number of lost pets increases around Halloween and up to date ID tags as well as microchipping your pet increase the chances of them being returned to you. 
  • Keep candy away from pets, especially chocolate which can be toxic to dogs and cats.  Also sugar-free candy and gum with Xylitol can be highly toxic as well.  Even non-toxic treats in excess can cause stomach upsets and vomiting and diarrhea.
  • I’m not a big advocate of pet costumes on Halloween but if you do dress your animal up, make sure your animal is not stressed by it (and believe it or not, most animals HATE being put in costumes).  If you do dress your pet up, make sure the costume is not constrictive in any way and doesn’t interfere with their vision, breathing, or their ability to bark or meow.  The simpler the better.  Some costumes contain accessories that can be easily chewed off that can cause choking or intestinal obstruction.  Some animals can even be allergic to the dyes in costumes.  Costumes really can cause a lot of undue stress to animals and most costumes only serve to make your pet uncomfortable and can even be dangerous to your animal.  Is it really worth it?  
  • Pets and candles don’t mix.  Cats and kittens are particularly curious around candle flames so keep them away from pets.  Watch pets around Jack-o-lanterns if you use a candle to light Jack up.  I’ve seen many a cat who got their whiskers singed and melted off by candles on Halloween.
  • Fake blood and even some glow stick chemicals can be toxic to pets.   Even glow sticks labeled as non-toxic can be very bitter-tasting and cause heavy salivation and hyperexcitability in pets.
  • Keep wires and electrical cords out of the reach of pets.  If pets chew on them, electrical shock can be the result.
  • If your pet is known to get extremely stressed out on Halloween (it is the second most stressful “holiday” for pets with the fourth of July being the first), talk to your veterinarian about a sedative for your pet.

Have a safe, fun, and Happy Halloween and let’s remember to take especially good care of our four-legged friends!!

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Gail ♥

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Kitten Party!

This is what I woke up to this morning.  The kittens were having a blast when I walked in on their little toilet paper party!   They both looked at the other as if to say, “HE DID IT, NOT ME!!!”

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I am not sure how to break them of this.  This was toilet paper roll #3 that they destroyed.  Someone recommended flipping the roll.  I tried it and it only seemed easier for them!

Any suggestions anybody??????

Gail ♥

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Facts about Ebola Virus and Pets from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Here is a fact sheet about Ebola and Pets from the AVMA.  I hope it is helpful.

Gail ♥

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.”

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Gail ♥

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge

Nugget and Dakota still love to play in cereal boxes but don’t quite understand why the boxes are shrinking!

Dakota and Nugget playing with Cheerios box

 

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Gail ♥

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Giant Spider in the Bedroom….UGH!!!

A few nights ago, I was just exiting the master bathroom after taking a warm relaxing shower.  With clean, fresh pajamas on and hair up in a towel, I turned the corner to enter the bedroom, and there I saw it:  Aragog (you Harry Potter fans know exactly what I’m referring to) had just entered our bedroom from the hall and was running along the side baseboard and darted right under our bed.  My first thought was that I had no idea spiders could move so darn fast.  My second thought was EEK!!  THERE’S A GIANT SPIDER UNDER MY BED!!!  I wish now I could have clocked that sucker.  Nope, not what I wanted to see just as I was getting ready to climb into a nice warm bed to read for a while before falling into deep slumber.

Black House Spider (missing one leg) photo from peonyden.blogspot.com

Black House Spider (missing one leg)
photo from peonyden.blogspot.com

So I did what any good wife does.  I ran for Hubby telling him he JUST HAD TO SEE THIS (and find it).  Hubby came reluctantly, dragging his feet and rolling his eyes all the way.  I came armed with my brand new can of Hot Shot Spider and Scorpion spray.  The kittens were all excited and knew something was up.  They were fighting us tooth and nail to get in the bedroom but I didn’t want them to be carried off by this Nascar spider. And I sure didn’t want to get them near what I was sure was potent deadly spider spray.

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Don’t get me wrong– I have nothing against spiders–  When they’re outside.  I prefer that they don’t come into my house, and that they especially don’t get under my bed!  But it seems with the coming of fall and cooler weather, that’s EXACTLY what they want to do.

Armed with flashlights, we searched for the very large black arachnid (which I later determined to be a giant black House Spider) who was finally spotted at the base of the bed post on hubby’s side.  When the flashlight hit the spider’s two main eyes, they reflected back a deep purple color…. sort of like the green retinal reflection of dog and cat eyes at night in car headlights.  My third thought was that this spider’s eyes were kinda beautiful and this is a darn good Halloween spider, but then I came back to the real world and the reality that there was a giant black creepy spider under my bed!

By the time I got in a position that I could reach him with my handy-dandy spray, he was gone, nowhere to be found. Hubby and I were both down on hands and knees with flashlights continuing to look for Aragog.   We couldn’t find him.  Hubby was ready to give up the search but no way was I sleeping in that room until that giant spider was found.  I informed hubby that I would be sleeping on the couch or in another bedroom. For weeks if necessary.  Right about then, hubby announced that he had spotted the spider again.  This time, it was behind the nightstand and tangled among all the electrical cords that go to the lamp, hubby’s CPAP, the telephone, and answering machine cords.  We doused him good, soaking him along with the cords with a zap of the spider spray but it didn’t slow this fellow up one bit.  He (or she) proceeded to keep crawling all the way against the baseboard to my side of the bed, carrying the dust bunnies right along with it (blushes red).

The spray, which says boldly on the can “Kills in Seconds!” didn’t seem to have much effect at all.  We doused again but Nascar spider kept right on crawling and heading for the nightstand on my side of the bed.  Hubby finally went and got a Dixie cup from the bathroom and scooped him in that and then threw him in the commode where he continued to thrash and swim for several more minutes until he was flushed.  Sorry Hot Shot but we were not impressed with your spray.   Maybe it was not designed for Aragog spiders.

Gail ♥

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Monday’s Question

Question:  If you could go on the perfect retreat by yourself for a weekend, where would you go and what would you do?  

My Answer:  I would retreat to a little cabin in the woods so I could be surrounded by nature and listen to the voice of my soul.  I would use the quiet time to walk in the woods, read, write, pray, and study God’s word.  That’s my idea of a perfect retreat.

How about you?

 from fineartamerica.com

from fineartamerica.com

Gail ♥

 

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