5 Smart Ways To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, and choosing this year’s costumes, candy selection, and decorations will be lots of fun.

However, pet owners need to take a little time away from the holiday festivities to put a few safeguards in place for their 4-legged family members. Halloween is a night that can result in pets becoming lost, harmed, and stressed if pet owners are not careful.

Here are 5 smart ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween:

#1: Monitor what your pet ingests. Candy is for children, not dogs and cats. Make certain all candy is out of your pet’s reach, and that your children understand how harmful foods such as chocolate are to animals. Another big no-no is Xylitol found in sugar-free candy.The safest idea is to have a No Candy For Pets rule.

#2: Keep an eye on pet costumes. While it may be really cute to dress your pet up in a Halloween costume, the dog or cat may disagree. Inspect the costume closely, and if it is too tight, hinders the animal’s sight or breathing, or stresses him out, forgo the costume. Just think of it as he is dressed up as an alien in a dog’s body!

#3: Secure your pet during Trick-or-Treating time. If your dog or cat likes to slip out through open doors, Halloween is an excellent chance for them to make a break for it. Don’t run the risk of your pet getting outside and being hit by a car, stolen, or lost. Block them in another room using a baby gate. Or set up their very own room with a bowl of fresh water and a comfortable pet bed, and let them wait Halloween out in safety.

#4: Think twice when decorating. A real candle looks great lighting up a jack-o-lantern, but it can badly burn an animal if they get curious and decide to investigate. Wires laying on the floor can be a big and dangerous temptation as well. During your Halloween decorating, choose lighting with no flames. Secure all wires out of reach of your pet. These extra precautions will go a long way to assure your pet’s safety.

#5: Make sure your pets have ID. If, in spite of your best efforts, your pet thwarts you and gets out, it is imperative they have an ID tag. If someone finds your pet, your dog or cat stands a greater chance of finding its way home to you if the person has access to an address and phone number.

Halloween is a festive holiday for children and adults, and can be fun for pets, too. All it takes is a little planning and precaution from their human to make sure they remain safe and secure.

5 Tips for Taking Your Dog on Vacation

Allowing your dog to drive when you travel together is probably not a good idea.

Allowing your dog to drive when you travel together is probably not a good idea.

Your four-legged companion is part of the family, so you don’t want to leave him behind when you head out-of-town. Follow these five tips to keep your dog safe and happy while on vacation.

 

 

1. Bring Familiar Items

A car trip can be scary for your dog, so bring familiar items with you on vacation. Your pooch will feel more comfortable when he sees and smells objects he recognizes.

His dog bed provides him with a place to sleep in the car and in hotels. Add his favorite toys to your packing list as well as rawhide bones and treats.

2. Visit the Vet

Don’t take your dog on vacation without a trip to your veterinarian. Make sure he’s updated on all his vaccinations. If you know your dug suffers from motion sickness, ask your vet about medications to keep him comfortable. A full physical will ensure he’s ready for the road.

3. Stop for Potty Breaks

During a car trip, stop frequently at rest areas rather than busy fast food restaurants or gas stations so you have room and privacy. Give your dog a chance to toilet every two to three hours, then take him for a short walk to let him stretch his legs. Avoid walking your dog along a busy interstate or highway. Instead, stick to grassy areas off the beaten path so you don’t have to worry about fast-moving cars.

4. Stick to a Schedule

Dogs thrive on routine, so try to feed your canine companion at the same time you would at home. The best food dishes for travel are sturdy with non-slip bases to avoid messes in the car and in the hotel room.

Provide your dog with plenty of water, especially while traveling during the summer. Carry a plastic dish and a bottle of water to keep him hydrated.

5. Bring Two Leashes

When taking your dog on vacation, consider bringing two leashes in case one is lost or damaged. You might want one standard leash and one retractable leash so you’ll have options while hiking through mountains or strolling the beach.

A second collar is a good idea, too. If his regular collar gets wet or torn, you won’t have to find a pet store in an unfamiliar town to replace it.

Bon Voyage!

Taking your dog on vacation can be a great bonding experience for the whole family. Focus on safety and comfort to ensure a memorable trip.

How To Keep Your Dog Warm In The Winter

Dog in SnowIf you own a dog, do him a favor by taking proactive steps to ensure his warmth throughout the winter. You can do a lot to maintain your dog’s comfort throughout the coldest months and it won’t take much effort. Let’s take a look at some of the best ideas.

An Elevated Bed

One of the best ways to keep your dog warm, healthy and happy is to provide him with a sizable dog bed. Don’t let him lie on the cold hard floor. Instead, give him a soft dog bed that will protect him from drafts. Always lift his bed at least 3 inches up off of the floor and consider putting a microwavable heating pad or hot water bottle beneath it to keep him nice and toasty. Some dog owners go as far as using microwave heated snuggle disks to maintain their dog’s bed heat for hours on end.

Thick And Protective Clothing

Another way to maintain your dog’s health and comfort during the cold months is to purchase jackets and sweaters. These will come in handy for outdoor walks. They’ll also keep him warm if you turn the heat down during the day while you are away at work. Jackets and sweaters look super cute as well. If you can, purchase dog garments that have a waterproof nylon coating so the snow’s moisture doesn’t seep into his fur.

Dog Booties

Buy your dog a pair of booties. A dog’s temperature is primarily regulated through the soles of his paws. When he walks barefoot on the snow, he’ll really feel the winter’s wrath. Protect his paws from the extreme temperatures and the road’s salt with warm booties.

Proper Outdoor Housing

If you let your dog spend a significant amount of time outside during the winter, provide him with the right housing. Every doghouse should have bedding or ample straw, a sloped roof to prevent the accumulation of snow and significant insulation. Some dog owners go as far as providing a heater for the dog house if their furry friend spends most of his time outdoors.

Extra Dog Food

You should feed your dog more food during the winter months. Dogs burn more calories in an effort to keep warm when it’s cold outside. Dogs that spend a significant amount of time outdoors during the winter should eat 10 to 20 percent more food between November and March. Don’t forget to rub his belly and give him an after dinner treat. Nothing lifts a dog’s spirit more than extra attention and special food.

We’re back!

Hi everyone!

You may have noticed that the pet-beds-direct.com blog and website have been down for a while, but I am happy to report that we are coming back.

We experienced some server issues, and it has taken a while to get everything back up and running. You may notice a few small changes. The first one being no more “The Adventures of Wonder the Dog” section on the blog. After the website went down our beloved Wonder became ill and couldn’t pull through it. Unfortunately we lost him, and because he was such a large part of our lives, it has been difficult coping with his loss.

We are also in the process of finding more authors to bring you even more great information about pets. We are hoping to add a few different people from different parts of the pet industry to bring you more health, safety, and training tips. Let us know if you would like to read more about a specific topic and we will make it happen.

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