This is Howl-O-Ween

Blaine Bowen is a dog friendly environment, to say the least and most days we love our four-legged friends more than our human ones. With Halloween right around the corner, we’re featuring how to keep your fur-baby safe while still having a howling good time.

Creative Costumes

We surfed the internet for dog-friendly costumes and unanimously voted these to be the ones that left us laughing till we cried. How cute are these?! Plus you can make them right at home!

Dog Costumes

Don’t Fetch for These…

We’ve all heard, “Don’t give your dog chocolate!” but what about the other things your pooch should avoid? Here are some food safety tips to live by on Halloween and every other day of the year.

  1. Beware of Sugar-Free! Sugar-free candy on Halloween, who does that?? Well just in case some slips into your trick or treat bag, keep it away from your pup. Xylitol, a natural sugar-free sweetener, can lead to low blood sugar and liver damage if ingested by dogs. Avoid mints, baked goods and gums, as they can contain a large amount of this ingredient. Signs of ingestion can include weakness, vomiting, lethargy, collapsing, and a racing heart.
  2. Raisins are a big no-no for Fido. Again, who decided to hand these out on Halloween? Well for those ‘health’ conscious neighbors handing out the dried fruit, tell them no thank you. Raisins, grapes and other currants can cause acute kidney problems when eaten by dogs. Keep an eye on your dog if this accidentally happens, because clinical signs may not show up for a few days after ingestion.
  3. Wrappers belong in the trash! Tin foil and cellophane can be extremely dangerous to dogs if swallowed. Call your local vet or ASPCA if ingested.
  4. Decorations are just for looks. Eating decorative pumpkins or corn isn’t necessarily toxic to dogs, but will cause a very upset stomach.
  5. It’s Electric! We all love twinkle lights and spooky enhancements, but make sure to keep the cords hidden and out of reach. If chewed your beloved Buddy could suffer cuts, burns, or even life threatening shocks!

Safety First!

  1. Of course you’re taking your fur-babies out to trick or treat — especially if they’re all dolled up in one of those cute costumes. However, streets can be poorly lit and crowded with other trick-or-treaters. Don’t loose your cool or your furry friend this Halloween by lighting them up! Well, at least their leash. Dog Glow offers a variety of glowing collars and leashes.  light up collar

2. Make sure your dog has an ID tag attached to your glowing collar in case they do get lost. Petco offers a variety of fun tags that you can customize online and in-store!

No Tricks, Just Treats

Kids shouldn’t be the only ones filling up bags of treats on Halloween, dogs deserve something special too! We’ve found some fun dog treat recipes that are safe and nutritious for the furry friend in your life.

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Three Ingredient Dog Cookies

  1. You’ll need sunflower see butter (nut-free friendly!), whole grain brown rice flour, and pure pumpkin puree.
  2. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
  3. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Mix 1/2 cup of sunflower seed butter and 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree.
  5. Slowly add in 1 3/4 cup of rice flour. Stir until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Roll out the dough and use desired cookie cutter to cut the dough, then place the cookies on the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely and then let your sweet pup enjoy!

Not only will your dog love the taste of the pumpkin, but the fall squash also has health benefits for them. Pumpkin oils found in the seeds and flesh can support urinary health and canned natural pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber that will aid in regular digestion. Need something to wash down those pumpkin cookies? Here’s a recipe from Lola the Pitty for dog-friendly Pumpkin Spice Puppuccinos!

Handing out treats for your trick or treaters, two and four-legged alike? Here are some adorable and FREE printable treat bag labels for pets! Print them out here

Social Butterflies

For all of you who can’t go anywhere without your dog, there is BringFido.com, a website full of dog-friendly adventures. Locate events near you for you and your dog to attend, or check with hotels to see if they’ll accommodate you and little Fluffy. You can even make travel plans for your furry clan! We’ve searched Halloween events on the site and found a list of spook-tacular events across the country, to learn more, click here.

Happy howling and haunting from our furry friends to yours! We hope you all have a safe and fun puppy filled Howl-o-ween!

Xoxo

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