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Celebrate The Spookiest Day Of The Year With Your Pets

Halloween is nearly here! And with Halloween comes the spooks, scares, frights, and lots of candy. At ParaMount Pet Care, this is one of our most favorite holidays for a variety of reasons. However, we believe that our pets should have the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful holiday as well. This article will cover the various ways your pets can enjoy the Halloween festivities including costume ideas, pet friendly alternatives to candy, and how to stay safe when trick-or-treating. Keep reading more if you dare! 

Halloween Costumes For Your Pets

One of the best parts about Halloween is the costumes. It’s the one day of the year where you can dress up as nearly anything you want and it’s perfectly normal. From monsters and ghouls to superheroes and villains, the possibilities are endless. But, we’re not the only ones who can dress up for the occasion. There are plenty of store-bought and D.I.Y. Halloween costumes specifically for your pets! If you want to keep it simple we suggest purchasing a costume for your pets this Halloween as it will save you both time and effort. One of the best places to get quality pet Halloween costumes is through Halloweencostumes.com. They have a wide variety of costumes for your pet including Disney costumes, Star Wars costumes, fairytale costumes, superhero costumes, funny costumes, scary costumes, and more! All of their costumes are made in the U.S. and with such a wide variety of costumes we’re sure you’ll find the perfect one for your furry friend. If you’d rather not spend the money on a costume that gets worn one day a year, you can always make one from scratch yourself. While the costume itself will vary depending on the size of your pet, there are lots of unique and clever pet costume ideas out there. Here is a list from DailyPaws.com that may help give you a few ideas and inspire you to create the perfect D.I.Y. Halloween costume for your pets. 

Halloween Candy Is Scary For Pets

Candy is an iconic cornerstone of Halloween tradition. Every October 31st millions of children all over America dress up, knock on strangers doors, and ask for free candy. And who doesn’t love free candy? Your dog probably thinks they love candy, but the reality is that candy is very unhealthy for dogs. Most candies contain some kind of ingredient that dogs shouldn’t have as their bodies weren’t designed to digest it. These dangerous ingredients include things like chocolate, Macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, xylitol (a natural sweetener), and even candy wrappers. Be sure to keep any candy you have around the house out of reach from your dog just to be safe. Dogs are beautiful creatures, but they have a tendency to eat things they shouldn’t. That’s why it’s so important for us to keep them safe and away from foods that are harmful to them this Halloween. 

Pet Friendly Treats Instead Of Candy

If you want to satisfy your pet’s sweet tooth this Halloween, we suggest trying some healthy alternative options that you can make at home. For dogs, try making a pumpkin peanut butter kong. Simply combine plain yogurt with some pumpkin puree, fill a Kong with the mixture, seal the ends with peanut butter, and put in the freezer for about an hour. The end result will be a delicious frozen halloween themed treat that your dog will absolutely love. You can also apply this same technique into making an edible Kong for your dog. Simply core out an apple, remove all of the seeds (very important as the seeds are toxic to dogs), and fill the apple with the same mixture and cap off the ends with peanut butter. You can also just use peanut butter and your dog will still love it. As for cats, they tend to prefer salty, smelly, and fishy treats. Try making your feline friend some tuna treats by mixing egg whites with canned tuna (preferably after blending it into a paste), then placing the mixture into a pastry bag, pipe the mixture into small rounds on parchment paper (resembling cookies), and finally baking them in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. The finished product will be small morsels of tasty tuna treats that no cat can resist. To learn more about all of the different types of dog treats on the market, check out our previous article entitled Dog Treats 101

We Love Halloween 

Halloween isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday, but it is one that can bring out the kid in everyone. No matter what your interests or preferences are, you can express them every October 31st by dressing up as whatever and whoever you wish. Halloween is a time of year to embrace the spooky and scary and even challenge your own fears by taking the head on through haunted houses, hayrides, and other similar attractions. Whether it’s the candy, costumes, or frights, Halloween has something for everyone to enjoy. Even your pets! 

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