Halloween Safety For Cats & Dogs: Don’t Worry About the Chocolate

Halloween pet safety tips

I’m so sick of being reminded not to let my dogs eat chocolate on Halloween!
Aren’t you?
Don’t we all know this by now?

Haven’t we all been told so many times that chocolate is dangerous for dogs that we just roll our eyes and our dogs mutter, “Sure, right, understood, got it, heard you the first 12 times you said this. Relax. We’d rather eat steak anyway.”

But while we’re on “cocoa is toxic to dogs” at the top of everyone’s Halloween Worry List, let me just say 2 things about “chocolate.”

1) People eat chocolate and chocolate-containing foods all year long, so I don’t think there’s any point focusing on chocolate only at Halloween, on one day out of 365. [To my mind, it’s sort of like expressing love on Mother’s Day – shouldn’t you be showing affection and appreciation to your mother every day of the year?] Shouldn’t you always be parking your 78% dark chocolate bar in the fridge or your underwear drawer, out of canine reach?

2) A vast number of so-called chocolate sweets, cakes and cookies are actually “chocolate-flavored” and contain barely a trace of the actual cocoa, which is what isn’t good for dogs. So if you’re not sharing with your dogs it’s just plain selfish (although clearly it’s better animal care to be offering a nice dog-appropriate piece of carrot or a freeze-dried Liv-a-Little cube of salmon).

Instead here are some fresh safety tips for dogs and cats during the days and nights around Halloween festivities that you might not have previously considered:

  • Pets will do best when excluded from all the comings-and-goings. The unusual sights and sounds can be dsiturbing to them.
  • Put your dog in a room behind closed doors when Halloween parties are underway or you’re expecting trick-or-treaters. Dogs can be startled, frightened or reactive to people in costumes and might react defensively or offensively to their presence.
  • Put your cat in a closed off room with a cat tree to escape up to and/or a safe hiding place.
  • With the door opening and closing, there’s the chance of a pet being disoriented or fearful and running out while you’re distracted with the celebrations. To remove the risk of him getting lost, always – not just on Hallo0ween! – make sure your pet is properly identified with microchip, collar and ID tag.
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products may not actually be toxic, it tastes horrible and can sicken your dog or cat.
  • If you plan to put a costume on your dog, buy it beforehand and get her used to it before Halloween. Make sure it fits comfortably and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, or movement.
  • Don’t leave your dog unsupervised while wearing a costume, which often have pieces that can be chewed off.
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets, especially cats who might find them an interesting interactive exhibit. This is both for the safety of the pets and of your family, as a tipped over candle can cause a tragedy.

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Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Warriors in the hollow

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It was a bad Saturday night.  My candidate was soundly defeated in the Nevada Caucuses, and I was smarting badly from loss.

Even as the night was drawing in, I knew the only way I was ever going to start feeling better was to go out into the woods for a twilight perambulation.

The Saturday before was a subzero night. Snow was on the ground and each step was hard and sharp and crunchy. This night was much warmer. It was well above freezing, and the sky was without any clouds. The stars were shining. The moon was almost full.

The squabbles out in Nevada now seemed pointless by comparison, and as I walked into the darkness of a stark February wood, I began to revel in the majesty and forget machinations of humanity. This is what I wanted anyway. Peace and quiet and a realization that this is all insignificant by comparison.

My reverie was then interrupted. In the hollow below the the logging road where I was walking came the churs and snorts of warring demons. There were screeches and squalls mixed into all the din. There was a great battle gong on below me, and I knew instantly what was happening.

February brings the raccoon mating season, and two of the local boars were sorting it out over a female in estrus. I guessed the one of them was the resident ridge-running raccoon who found him a sow to follow on this moonlit night, but the warmer weather and the intoxicating odors had brought up a challenger from the creek bed.

For five minutes, I listened to the boars fight. I debated as to whether I should wander down and see if I could get a better look.  But I was certain they would run if they heard my approach down into the hollow.

So I stayed put and listened to the war.

And as soon as the cacophony rose, the air fell silent again. The boars were not fighting now. Perhaps one had beaten the other, and now he had the sow to himself.  Or maybe they were off licking wounds and getting ready for another donnybrook.

I didn’t stay long to find out. My mind was tuned to something else besides politics, of the narcissism that is inherent in being human..

Raccoons have fought these wars long before there was a United States, long before there were Democratic Caucuses and primaries. Their wars were about passing on genes. Nothing more. Nothing less.

As I watch now, in this general election from Hell, I think back to that night in February. I think of the moonlight and the stars and the primitive war of ‘coons in a deep hollow.

The sun will rise tomorrow. The seasons will change. My life will one day end.

All around us are these parallel dramas, ones we don’t often take a time to consider.

We all live in alienation from this world to some degree.

But it’s important to break away from our world and see it in proper perspective.

In proper perspective, we can be fully humbled before the mystery.

 

 

 

 

 


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Saturday Survey: Halloween Celebration

Chances are, wherever you live, this weekend will be full of Halloween celebrations. How will you and your dog honor the traditions? Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Related PostsSaturday Survey: What can be done to stop dog fighting?Why Dogs Hate HalloweenHalloween Costumes for PetsHalloween for DogsSaturday Survey: At-Home Vet CareSaturday Survey: What […]


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I hope this just does not push through. As it is,…

I hope this just does not push through. As it is, there is enough violence against animals that must first be addressed rather than this ridiculous breed ban.
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Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference

Ready to take your pet business to the next level?

PetsitUSA is sponsoring the upcoming online pet business conference!

It’s a virtual event and you can attend from wherever you are in the world…and it’s at no cost to you.

Many top pet business experts will be speaking including Victoria Stilwell, Ian Dunbar, Beth Stultz from Pet Sitters International and many more speakers at the upcoming Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference hosted by Kristin Morrison.

The goal of the conference is to inspire pet business owners to break through problems, get unstuck, and move forward on business goals. In short, to empower you to fulfill your dream of working with pets for a living.

Kristin’s conference has a unique format. It’s no charge (woo-hoo!), international (cool!), and comprised of a series of informative interviews with all sorts of experts in the business and pet field. And the conference is online so you can attend regardless of where you are in the world.

You’re sure to take a gem away from each of these informal chats, each one built around the theme of making more money while experiencing more ease and more freedom (nice!).

All the details you need are here: Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference.

Hope to see you there!


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Tucson Pet Expo, Oct. 29, 2016 #AmazingPetExpo

Arizona pet parents can treat their pal with paws to a frightfully fun day of play at the Tucson Pet Expo, a pre-Halloween celebration of dogs, cats, and all of our other friends with fur, fins and…



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All tied up

This dog was tied up in a Naples street – so we said ‘hello’ to each other.  Hopefully his owner didn’t leave him tied up for too long. 
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Win a Brentwood Home Pet Bed ($200 value!)

Everyone in the family deserves a comfortable place to rest including our furry friends! I teamed up with the folks at Brentwood Home for this awesome giveaway featuring their luxury orthopedic pet…



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The best Halloween interspecies costumes …ever

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A Magical, Ethereal Maternity Shoot

Back in February, I featured a seriously stunning bridal shoot by a photographer named Rebecca Carroll. They were genuinely some of the most gorgeous bridal photographs I’d ever seen, so when I saw that Rebecca had submitted a maternity shoot to us, I couldn’t wait to see it. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed, guys. The level of visual magic she incorporated into these photos is truly epic. What an incredible project this mama to be will be able to show her little one someday!

I asked Rebecca to share a little about her vision for the shoot. “Lacey is a beautiful mother to be from Sooke, BC on the west coast of Canada,” Rebecca explained. “We decided to go with a very ethereal style for her maternity session. We shot at Cedar Haven amongst the giant trees and ferns. Franziska Castioni from Charming Decor let me borrow some things to beautify the scene, and made a flower crown for us. Erin Bradley did her makeup and hair all outside in nature. We had a fantastic time playing dress up in the woods with smoke grenades and thrones. Lacey is expecting a baby boy with her partner Thor soon!”

I love everything about that. And I’m excited to share some of my personal favorites from the shoot in this post. Enjoy!

Photography: Rivkah Photography by Rebecca Carroll  //  Model: Lacey Jones  //  Hair and Makeup: Beauty and Style by Erin Bradley  //  Design and Decor, Floral: Franziska Castioni at Charming Decor Event Design  //  Venue: Cedar Haven Weddings

You can view more of Rebecca’s stunning work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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