What to do during Halloween if you have a nervous pet

With the adorable costumes, numerous visitors, bags of candy, and exciting holiday parties – Halloween is one of the most popular American holidays in the United States. Most humans love Halloween, but what about our furry friends? Not all pets enjoy the constant noise and commotion that comes with this well-liked celebration. But what can you do to help your pet and yourself have a great time on October 31st?

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Halloween Tips for Pet Owners

Dear Reader,

There are a few important topics that we frequently discuss year after year and one of those is Halloween. There are many reasons why pet owners love Halloween. One reason is obvious; it’s super fun. However, there are things around this Holiday that we need to be aware of. One motive is because some pets get anxious during the holidays – and we have recommendations for that. Another motive is that some of our furry friends make bad decisions during this time of the year! In this blog post and in previous, we are going to cover several of these things in hopes that we can help your pets have a great Halloween this year! Thank you for reading our fun blog. We really appreciate it.

-From the 21st Century Animal Healthcare Pack

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Halloween Tips for Your Anxious Pet

 It’s almost Halloween! Are you as excited as we are? With the adorable costumes, numerous visitors, bags of candy, and exciting holiday parties – Halloween is one of the most popular American holidays in the United States. Most humans love Halloween, but what about our furry friends? Not all pets enjoy the constant noise and commotion that comes with this well-liked celebration. But what can you do to help your pet and yourself have a great time on October 31st?

Like fireworks on Independence Day, a lot of noise can cause a pet to panic. Anything out of the ordinary can make your pets nervous and scared. If you have a nervous pet, we have a solution for you. 21st Century offers calming support to your pets during these stressful times. Below are five things you can do to help prepare your pet for the spooky festivities.

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  • Pet-EZE™ Paw Paste for Cats – Offer your cat calming support in a paste. It’s a great tasting way to calm your feline friend when Halloween visitors come knocking on your door. This product is offered exclusively at PetSmart stores.

In addition to offering a natural calming aid to your pet, consider these quick tips.

  • Safety is important to consider when your pet is nervous. Some pets will run away when they are anxious during home holiday celebrations. Make sure your pet has a collar with proper identification or a chip. Some sneaky dogs and cats can slip through the door while you’re attending to the trick-or-treaters.
  • Allow your pet to relax in your bedroom with his or her favorite toys while you attend to the visitors. If the doorbell will make your pet nervous from any room in the house, consider sitting outside to hand out candy. You can also stick a piece of tape over the doorbell and sit close to the door to see when trick-or-treaters are approaching. Check on your pets and snuggle them frequently to make sure they’re okay.
  • It’s not a terrible idea to forgo trick or treating. If you feel bad about not offering any candy, you can simply place a bucket of candy with a sign that says “one per person” and hope for the best. Turn your porch lights off and watch a Halloween flick with a friend – perhaps a furry friend!

Have fun and share your pet-related Halloween pics with us at welovepets@21stcenturyahc.com. We would love to share your pet’s Halloween pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

 

The Thirteen Days of Halloween Pet Photo Contest

What is your pet going to be trick-or-treating in this Halloween? Take a picture of your pet in his or her Halloween costume and submit it for a chance to win more than $50 in 21st Century Pet products!

Entering is easy! Just click on the ENTER button, fill out the form, and upload a photo of your pet in his or her Halloween costume. Then share with your friends so you can all come back and vote for your favorites. The top dog and top cat photos will be chosen by an internal panel of judges from the ten top voted entries for each fangtastic species. Contest ends at 11:59PM-MDT on October 31st and winners will be chosen on November 5th. Come join in. It’s frightfully fun!

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Top 8 Safety Tips for Pet Parents this Halloween

Attention, animal lovers. It’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” for many years to come.

1. No tricks and no treats. That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Sally and Mr. Peepers. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset if your pet decides to nibble on them. Keep them out of reach of your pets.
3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. Many retail stores sell battery-powered “flickering” candles you can place safely in your carved pumpkins.

5. Dress-up can be a hit or miss for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams). If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement, sight, or hearing, and it shouldn’t impede its ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. For pets that prefer their “birthday suits,” consider letting them go au naturale or sporting a festive bandana.

6. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, be sure your pet’s costume fits properly, as external objects can snag ill-fitting outfits, or your pet’s paws or jaw, and can lead to injury.

7. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

8. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you. Remember, your pet counts on you to take care of him or her. Be a responsible pet owner, and have a safe Halloween!