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7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is a time for fun festivities, decorations, parties, and most of all the costumes. Although this time is super fun, it is not always so for your pets.  Halloween can cause stress and anxiety for your pets.  These 7 Halloween pet safety tips  will keep your pets more comfortable and safe during the holiday.

7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 

1.  Keep Pets Indoors

The best thing you can do for your pet is to keep them inside on Halloween.  Trick-or-treaters can be scary for your pet.  The costumes, strangers, and activity may be too much for your pet hence causing anxiety and fear.

During Halloween, there are some not so nice people out. Keep pets inside for their safety.  Black cats are especially at risk during this time.

2.  Proper ID

Pets can easily escape with the opening and closing of the door to trick-or-treaters. Be sure your pet is wearing proper indentification that is up to date.  This increases their chances of being returned home if they should happen to escape.

3.  Pet Costumes

Costumes can be confining and uncomfortable for pets which increases stress and anxiety.  When dressing up your pet for Halloween, try on the costume first.  Notice if your pet is acting uncomfortable or stressed, if so get rid of the costume.  A cute Halloween bandanna will be a better alternative.

For the pets who don’t mind being in costume, check the costume over carefully for any loose pieces such as string or buttons.  These could be a hazard to your pet. 

4.  Decorations

Chewing on wires or knocking over lit candles can cause serious injury to inquisitive pets.  To prevent your pet from being harmed or catching the house on fire, keep decorations far out of your pet’s reach.

5.  No Candy

Chocolate and candy containing Xylitol are extremely dangerous for pets which may cause severe illness or in some cases death.  Your pet can become ill from even a small sampling of a treat causing vomiting or diarrhea so it is best to avoid giving any candy to your pet.  Treat you pet instead to a filled Kong treat. 

6.  Block off Doors 

Blocking off doorways to the outdoors with a gate or securing pets in a back room will prevent an escape.  Pets can escape unnoticed when guests arrive and leave for a party or from the continuous stream of trick-or-treaters.

7.  Parties

Costume parties can be extremely frightening for a pet.  The masks and makeup hide a person’s face therefore making it difficult for pets to recognize familiar faces.  Lots of people in the home can cause pets to become overly excited or stressed.  Set your pet up in a nice quiet room with a treat so your pet feels more comfortable and safe.

 

 Follow these 7 Halloween pet safety tips to have  happy and safe Halloween.! 

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Spending a long day at home while you are away can be tough on your dog.  It can be lonely and boring, especially for an active, younger dog. If your dog is spending 8 plus hours a day, home alone, you may want to consider these top 5 reasons to hire a dog walker.

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

 

1.  Elimination

The most important reason to hire a dog walker is to allow your dog a break in the day to eliminate.  Spending hours without a potty break is quite uncomfortable for your dog.  Although some dogs can hold it for hours, it’s not healthy for your dog.  Try it and see if you can go all day without a break.  It is not pleasant.

2.  Exercise

Hiring a dog walker provides your dog with daily exercise.  If you are working long hours, chances are your dog is not getting enough exercise on a daily basis.  After a long day of work and household chores and errands, getting the dog out can be a difficult task.

3.  Mental Stimulation

Daily walks for your dog provide more than just exercise.  Daily walks allow your dog to explore the outside world through sight, scent, and sound.  This mental stimulation is necessary for your dog to lead a healthy, happy life.  Being inside all day or confined to a fenced in back yard doesn’t provide your dog with adequate stimulation which could result in unwanted behaviors such as chewing, digging, barking, or destroying furniture.

4.  Socialization

Hiring a dog walker helps your dog become more social.  Walks around the neighborhood provide and excellent way for your dog to see other dogs & cats as well as neighbors.  A social dog is much happier and better behaved.

5.  Convenience

Not only does hiring a dog walker provide you with peace of mind, it is also convenient.  Although you know your dog could use a lunch time break, it is often not feasible for you to rush home on your lunch break to let the dog out.  This rushes both you and your dog and is not enjoyable for either.

There may also be times when you have to work late or run errands after work. Having someone come every day will ease your mind knowing your dog will be taken care of.  Hiring a dog walker is a huge benefit to your dog but to you as well saving you time and relieving guilt.

 

Does your dog need a dog walker?

 

Best in Pet Services provides professional dog walking and pet sitting. Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule your dog walker or pet sitter.  Our service area includes Beaver, New Brighton, Monaca, Rochester, and Beaver Falls, and some surrounding areas.

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Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

We love our dogs so we shower them with hugs and kisses. The problem with our display of affection, however, is dogs don’t perceive these gestures as affectionate. There are absolutely some affectionate gestures dogs hate.

Affectionate Gestures Dogs hate

 

Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

 

Hugs

It’s really hard not to want to hug our dog. Humans show love by hugging. By hugging our dog we feel we are displaying our affection but dogs feel confined and stressed not loved.

Some dogs may tolerate a hug but that doesn’t mean he enjoys it.  Hugging makes dogs uncomfortable.  If you notice your dog’s ears flat and pinned back against his head, face turned, licking his lips, or yawning, it’s wise to back off. Your dog is letting you know he is uncomfortable being hugged. Don’t hug the dog!  

Kisses

Because our dogs lick us we assume they like kisses from us too.  Not necessarily!  Dogs do not like when anyone gets in their face.  It makes them extremely uncomfortable.  Dogs lick us for many reasons.  For dogs, licking is s a natural instinct.  Other reasons for dog licks are,  they like us, we taste good, they are seeking attention, or as a submissive gesture.  

Our kisses are quite different than a lick from a dog’s view. My little Chihuahua seems to adore kisses and even puts her face against mine for more. My Doberman and Boxer on the other hand are not fond of kisses.  Your dog will clearly let you know. If your dog is turning away from you, licking his lips, or even snapping, then listen to his signs. Don’t kiss your dog!

Pats on the head

So many times I witness people want to greet a dog with a pat on the head. Most dogs dislike this gesture.  It can be intimidating and fearful from a dog’s view having a hand move over his head. This is especially true if it is someone the dog does not know that well.  Would you like it if some stranger came up to you and started patting your head? Probably not!

Your dog wants affectionate pets but in the right places and times.  Try petting your dog on the chest, shoulders or back of the neck.  Favorite places for scratches is on the back near base of tail around neck. 

Treat your dog with love and respect.  Use appropriate gestures your dog will enjoy and avoid human affectionate gestures dogs hate.  Your dog will be so much happier and feel more loved.

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Signs Your Dog Has Worms

Dogs pick up worms in various ways.  You may not notice if your dog has a parasite right away so be sure to look for some signs your dog has worms.  

The most common types of worms that can affect your dog are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, and whipworms. Depending on the type of worm, your dog will show different symptoms.

 Signs Your Dog Has Worms

 Signs Your Dog Has Worms

 

If you aren’t sure if your dog has a parasite, here are some possible signs your dog has worms.

White like rice bits visible in stool or around anus area

You may notice little moving bits that resemble rice in your dog’s poo. These are tapeworms.  Your dog will get tapeworms if they ingest an infected flea.  

Scooting

Scooting is another sign your dog may possibly have worms.  Worms cause your dog irritation and scooting is a way for your dog to help relieve themselves.

Spaghetti like worms in vomit or feces

Roundworms look like long, spaghetti found in a dog’s vomit or feces.  Roundworms are common in puppies. Mothers can pass roundworms to their puppies during birth or through nursing.  Roundworms can grow up to 7 inches long.  Dogs come in contact with roundworms through the mother, infected soil, contaminated feces, or eating infected rodents.  

Bloody Stool, Diarrhea, Weight loss, Pale Gums

Hookworms and whipworms aren’t going to be visible in your dog’s stool.  Some possible signs though are bloody stool or darkened black like stool, diarrhea, weight loss. and pale gums.  If your dog is showing these signs take them to your veterinarian for a check up.

Congestive heart failure

Sometimes dogs with heartworms will develop congestive heart failure.  This is due to the weakening of the muscles and tissues around the heart. Often times though symptoms of heartworm doesn’t show up until there is advanced infection.  Heartworm is contacted by an infected mosquito bite.  Heartworm is deadly but preventable.  Have your dog tested and keep on a monthly heartworm preventative. 

If you suspect your dog has worms or are showing any of the signs above, please go to your veterinarian for a check up.  

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Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!

As pet guardians we know the importance of providing our pets with good food, a nice home, lots of love, and veterinary care.  These things are necessary for your dog’s health and happiness but there is something more you can and should do. You can improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, dog walking.

Dog's Wellbeing

Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!

Taking your dog out for a daily walk has significant benefits.  Although it might not seem that important or necessary, your dog needs and wants the stimulation. Providing your dog with daily mental and physical stimulation improves behavior, increases happiness, and keeps your dog healthy.

How to easily make dog walking a daily habit

Start today

All you need to do is start.  Start today! Leash up your dog and just do it.  Maybe you only have time to stroll out the front door and that is okay. Getting out even for a short time is better than not at all.  

Keep it simple

Start out small by committing to 1-5 minutes.  Everyone can spare 5 minutes a day.  If you think you have to walk your dog for 20-30 minutes daily then most likely you will not succeed in making this a daily habit. You will think of all the other things you need to do and put this one important activity aside.

All you need to do is start.  Start with 1-2 minutes if that is all you have time for. You may find that once you get started you keep going.  

Be consistent

Make it a priority to take your dog out everyday.  If you can only make it down the street one day, that is fine.  Some days may be a short trip around the block, others a nice hike.  the important thing is not how long you get your dog out but to do it daily.  Dogs take in the world thru scents so it is necessary for them to be able to explore by sniffing out their environment.

Make it fun

Daily dog walks should not be a chore that has to be done.  It should be fun for you and your dog.  Letting your dog sniff around is important for their mental stimulation.   Walking your dog this is a great way to bond.  Your dog views walks as fun and exciting.  If you are taking them for a walk, then you too are fun and exciting.  

If your dog is horrible walking on a leash, don’t let this discourage you.  Your dog is just over excited to experience the outside world.  You can improve your dog’s leash walking by using an easy walk harness or no-pull freedom harness, hire a dog trainer, or watch some videos.

Improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, a dog walk! This one simple activity has such significant benefits. Your dog will be so happy!

 

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