Gus, my brother, hates Halloween. He barks and barks at the small humans like they’re real monsters and gets scared. Silly Gus! I suppose for some animals, this can be a stressful time, so I’ve collaborated with my dog brothers, Gus and Oscar, and my cat sister, Peanut, to come up with tips on how to keep pets safe this Halloween!
Candy can make animals sick.
I love treats. Love them! Mom hands out treats for the small monsters to take in their baskets and bags. They seem very happy, like how I feel when I get a treat. Once, I tried to get into the human treat bowl and Mom loudly called me Brody-No (in front of everyone). She said that those treats are poisonous to me! The chocolate can really hurt me but also the wrappers can get stuck in my belly. Sounds like a trick and not a treat. This bowl should be kept somewhere safe and away from pets. If it were easy to reach, I don’t know if I could help myself!
Keep skittish animals confined and away from the door.
For most pets, it’s a good idea to keep them away from the door while handing out treats, and best to keep the pets home on Halloween instead of walking around in the neighborhood. A lot of pets get scared of all the disguises and bark, bite, or run away. I’m a T.D.S.D. (Therapy Dog Show Dog), so I’m an exception. I love being the exception. Proud!
Keep cats (especially black cats) indoors.
Keep cats inside a few days before, during, and a few days after Halloween, just to be safe! Sometimes mean humans will play tricks on animals in the neighborhood, especially black cats. I’m not sure why, but some people mistakenly think black cats are bad luck and will hurt them! My cat sister, Peanut, is a black cat, and she is the luckiest cat I know. I mean, she lives with me, doesn’t she?
Be careful with candles.
Around this time of year, Mom likes to put little fires around the house. Not the outside big kind but the small smelly kind. Mom seems to like them, but to me, they are just weird! These small fires should be kept in high places where they’re out of the way of wagging dog tails and passive aggressive cat behavior, like knocking things off of tables and shelves for no apparent reason. I will need to discuss this further with Peanut to get to the bottom of it...
Supervise pets in costumes.
Since I’m Good-Boy-Brody, I love everything. I don’t even mind wearing outfits! Mom likes to put me in a simple Halloween costume to be “so cute.” Sometimes, I see animals wearing really elaborate or ill-fitting costumes. What a stress! Only animals that like wearing things should wear one, and they should always be supervised just in case they decide to eat part of it or have trouble walking or breathing.
Know the signs of food poisoning.
If your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, fever, rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath, they might have eaten a bad thing! Make sure to call your veterinarian for a their opinion. Treating early is the safest and cheapest way to help a pet that may have been too tempted by the candy bowl.
Do your pets wear costumes? Do you have any funny Halloween pet stories? Let me know in the comments!
Today, I learned that there are tiny monsters called fleas and ticks that EAT DOGS. Terrifying, right? How have I never known about this horror?! I discovered them this morning when Mom and I went for a walk near the local dog park. There was a dog on a leash doing a very strange dance. I wanted to say hi, maybe see what the dance was about, but Alpha Female came out of Mom and called me Brody-No. I was confused! Why couldn’t I say hi? He seemed like a spunky pup, but it turns out he was being eaten...by contagious dog-eating creepies!
My whole life I thought I was the top of the food chain. Squirrels, rabbits, and birds cower before me, the mighty dog. But now I know that there are tons of scary creatures that feast on dogs (and cats!).
So, you’re probably wondering, How do you, Good-Boy-Brody, keep from being eaten?
Well, I’ve done the research and am ready to get the word out. I must protect my fellow dogs (and cats) out there! So here goes, “Brody’s Guide to Staying Flea and Tick Free All Year Round,” certified by yours truly, Good-Boy-Brody T.D.S.D. (Therapy Dog Show Dog).
Fleas and ticks are a threat all year long.
What? All year? Yes, my friend. Only steady temperatures under 30 degrees are cold enough to kill adult fleas outdoors (unless they find a warm host to feed on) and the eggs, larva, and pupae are even tougher. For every live flea you see, there are about 2,000 others (in various stages of the life cycle) that you don’t.
Fleas and ticks cause disease in pets and humans too!
Did you know that fleas carry tapeworm eggs? Swallow a flea, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a dog, a cat, or a human, you could get a tapeworm! The dog at the park was biting at his legs while he was dancing. What are the chances of swallowing a flea that way? Pretty high. Ugh!
In our area, a lot of ticks carry Lyme disease and other diseases that can spread to dogs and humans. Lyme disease can cause a rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, kidney failure, and much more severe symptoms if left untreated. I also recommend a Lyme vaccine for this reason!
There are lots of medications available to repel and even kill fleas and ticks.
There are tons of options for flea and tick prevention! The three types are oral medications, topical medications, and collars. Contact one of my Mom’s hospitals for their recommendation!
Get your flea and tick preventative from a certified veterinarian.
Whichever flea and tick preventative you choose, make sure to get it from a veterinarian (like my Mom!). This is the only way to be sure that the product is guaranteed to work. There are also many counterfeit products on the market, sold online and in stores, that can make dogs and cats sick or not work at all!
Have you ever experienced fleas or ticks? How do you stay flea and tick free? Let me know in the comments!
Check back on October 16th for the next blog post by Brody!
Featuring tips on how to keep your pets safe this Halloween!
Good-Boy-Brody, T.D.S.D. (Therapy Dog Show Dog), a qualified expert, offers pet care tips from a canine perspective.