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Tips for Keeping Your Best Friend Safe on Halloween

Halloween is exciting, but it’s important to protect your animal companions from hidden dangers!

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1. Keep Your Pet Inside!
Pets left outdoors can encounter tricksters. PetMD notes that people harass, harm, steal and even sometimes kill pets left outside on Halloween.

2. Keep Candy Out of Reach!
Make sure that all candy is kept safely away from inquisitive pets. Don’t forget about the wrappers, too, since some pets will investigate and eat those. The American Veterinary Medical Association reminds pet parents that xylitol (often found in sugar-free candies and gum) and chocolate are especially problematic. Learn more about dangerous foods for dogs.

3. Don’t Make Your Pet Unhappy

Don’t dress up your pet if he seems unhappy about it. Some pets dislike costumes or are stressed out by them. PetMD suggests taking the time to let your pet try the costume and get used to it before the big night. If your pet doesn’t seem thrilled to be wearing the costume, try a bandanna, new festive collar (remember to move your pet’s tags!) or letting your pet celebrate in his birthday suit!

4. Avoid the Masks
If you dress up your pet, skip the mask. You want to be sure you don’t obstruct your pet’s vision at all or interfere with their ability to breathe.

5. Be Careful with Costumes
If you do dress up your pet, make sure that the costume is safe and non-constricting. Also, be sure to supervise your pet while he’s wearing the costume. Veterinarian Dr. Becker suggested to ABC that pet parents could remove the costume as soon as a few photos are taken.

6. Put the Pumpkin Somewhere Safe
Keep jack-o-lanterns and festive pumpkins out of the reach of pets. Although pumpkin is generally safe, eating too much of it can cause upset stomachs according to the ASPCA. In addition, candles in jack-o-lanterns can singe curious pets or cause fires if knocked over! Even if you use glow sticks, the AVMA reminds pet parents that those can cause pets to “salivate excessively and behave strangely.”

7. Remove Your Pet Before Trick-or-Treat
Consider keeping your dog or cat in a room away from the front door. Aside from the dangers of door dashing, even calm pets can be upset by the strange sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters. You also want to be sure that your pet won’t scare or accidentally harm a trick-or-treats with an exuberant jump!

8. Don’t Forget ID
Whatever else you do, be sure that your pet is wearing identification. It’s also a good idea to update your pet’s microchip. If your pet isn’t microchipped yet, learn how they work and some of the benefits of microchipping your pet. While these should keep your pet from becoming lost, it’s always better to be prepared — just in case!

activism · animal · cruelty free

Make Your Mark Mondays #1

Mini-big announcement here at No Animals Harmed! So excited to share with you all…

I’ve come up with a new idea for No Animals Harmed, and I hope you’ll love this idea as much as I do! Every Monday, I’m going to blog with a different way to help animals. I’ve decided to call this series, “Make Your Mark Mondays”, a name that Veggin’ Out With Christa suggested, so she gets full credit! What better way to start the week then with easy ways to speak up for animals? I’m not sure how this will evolve, but I’m really excited for the series. If you have any ideas/suggestions/feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email (michellevegan@gmail.com). I love hearing from my readers!

Here is my tip for how to “Make Your Mark” today. ♥

With Thanksgiving  right around the corner, adopting a turkey in part of Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey program is a fantastic way to give back this Thanksgiving. Instead of eating turkeys, sponsor a turkey and help Farm Sanctuary educate millions of people about the horrors that turkeys endure to end up on someone’s plate. Did you know that turkeys have excellent geography skills and can learn the specific details of an area of more than 1,000 acres? Turkeys are very intelligent animals!

Want to step it up? Sponsor a turkey on behalf of a friend or family member who is still a meat-eater. Farm Sanctuary will send them the adoption materials (which include a picture and description of the turkey!), making that connection with an animal could be the tipping point for your friend or family member. Sponsoring a turkey would make a great gift for the holidays too!

Happy Monday!