Sunday, October 30, 2011

Some Lesser Known Halloween Tips For Pet Owners

It's soon upon us. The ghouls, the goblins, and the far too many Lady Gaga incarnations you will inevitably encounter. So don't forget to check these tips off your list before the big night!

1. Discuss your proposed costume with your pet. Remember when you were a kid and wanted to be super-cool Hefty Smurf, but since you had poor eyesight your parents made you wear your glasses, and instead everyone thought you were super-annoying Brainy Smurf?  Remember how long you resented your folks for that decision? That is why your pug in a tutu is looking at you that way right now.

2. Limit your pet to three treats per night. The vomit isn't that big a deal, as to a most pets regurgitated treats taste just as good, if not better the second time around, but it will be difficult to get a cuddly good night sleep with your pooch as a result of those nightmare induced "Jimmy legs".

3. Stay by the door during peak hours. That way, you can greet those cute costumed kids before they have a chance to ring the bell. Remember, to a dog each and every door bell ring signifies either the most exciting, or the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to them. I'm still not sure which.

4. Pay close attention to your pets' mood. Does your cat constantly race up and down the stairs for no apparent reason? Most likely, your cat is chasing a ghost.

5. Resist the urge to wear a costume yourself. Many of you have pets that absolutely freak out when you enter the living room wearing a simple baseball cap. It's as though they've never met you before! Still want to wear a full costume? Feel free, but remember to multiply that emotion by oh, lets say two thousand percent.

FYI : Here are some Halloween safety tips that are actually quite helpful.