Holidays

Top 5 Halloween Safety Tips for your Pet

With Halloween just around the corner, as pet sitters we get asked a lot of questions about costumes and treats for pets. While it’s a lot of fun to include your pets in the festivities, there are also a few things you should keep in mind to make sure this Halloween holiday is fun and safe for your dog or cat. Here is a breakdown of our Top 5 things to watch out for to keep your pets safe during Halloween:

Trick-or-Treaters

You will be opening and closing your front door to trick-or-treaters all night long. It’s recommended that you keep your pet in a secure place. You can put them in a separate room or even put up a gate that will keep them from having access to the front door. But please do be sure your pet has an ID tag on and even a microchip in case they do accidently escape.

Black Cats

Cats should be kept indoors around the holiday as well. Unfortunately, there are people that like to play pranks with black cats in particular. It is not uncommon for these cases of animal cruelty to occur. There are even shelters and rescues that won’t adopt out black cats during this time. So, it’s best to be safe rather than sorry. Your feline companion will appreciate it.

Pumpkin Carving

It’s time to carve that pumpkin. Your pet may be overly curious and feel the desire to examine your pumpkin guts. Chunks of pumpkin or even pumpkin seed can become lodged in your pet’s throat or an intestinal blockage can occur as well. Make sure you thoroughly clean up after yourself to ensure your furry companion doesn’t ingest anything that can harm them.

Candy Candy Candy!

Your house will be full of sweets. You need to be sure these tasty treats will be out of reach and in a location that your pet cannot get into. Your furbaby could choke on said candy or if it’s chocolate and enough of it they can die. Thus, it is vital you keep the sweets locked away for their safety.

Costumes for your Pets

Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be fun, as long as they actually like it. Be sure their costume fits and isn’t constricting them in any way. Bandanas are always a festive alternative.

What do you do with your pets during Halloween?

 

Holiday Pet Gift Ideas: Local in Decatur and Atlanta

Decatur Atlanta Pet Gifts

When the holidays come around, people often wonder what kinds of gifts they can get for their pets. Sure, there are lots of toys and treats to choose from, but maybe you have something a little more special in mind.

One of the things we love about living in the Decatur and Atlanta area is the strong sense of community, and how eager our neighbors are to support their local businesses and communities. So why not get your pets involved in the community, too?!

Here are a few ideas to help you get some locally sourced gifts for your pets.

Local Pet Gifts: Atlanta & Decatur

To start with a few extra Dog Walks from Whoa Doggy! can be a really great way to show your dog how much you care. Or maybe an extra Cat Sitting visit or two for your cat while you're traveling over the holidays. Sure, we might be a little biased, but sometimes it's boring waiting for you to come home from work, and we know your dog will love it :) 

Taj MaHound – What pup wouldn’t like some all natural treats?  Made right here in Decatur, their store is right in the heart of Oakhurst. Our dogs, Luke and Cody go nuts for their PeaMutt Butter treats, and with all natural, food grade ingredients, you can feel great about giving them to your pup! When holidays and special occasions come around their treats come in all kinds of fun decorations, even customizable with your pet's name!

Inman Park Pet Works – This pet shop is full of fun gift ideas for your pup, and they're right in the middle of charming Inman Park. When we walk dogs past their adorable storefront, we always get some suggestive tugs on the leash asking to go inside. They have healthy treats and a variety of fun toys, as self-wash dog washing station, but maybe that's not going to be Fido's favorite gift :) Check them out!

Corrina's Corner - Locally sourced, all natural raw food and treats for your dog or cat. Okay, so maybe raw food isn't what you had in mind for your favorite pet. But there are lots of health benefits. Just take a look at their Why Raw? Page for some more information, and check out their Holiday Gift Sampler

Go to a Dog Park! - Atlanta and Decatur are cities known for their green spaces, and there are lots of wonderful public dog parks to choose from. Chances are there's one right by your house. Our dogs' favorite is Adair Park in Decatur because of its large trees for shade, and wonderful community! Lets face it, for a dog, one of the best gifts you can give is the gift of activity. So get out there and watch your dog have the time of his life!

What did we miss?  Leave a comment below and share your favorite local dog spots and gift ideas!