10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families, but may be stressful for pets. Here are 10 ways to keep your pets safe from PetMD:

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep glow sticks away from pets.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed.

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or causing a fire.

7. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk to pets. Pets who chew on electrical cords can receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed. Shards of glass or plastic can cause lacerations anywhere on the body or, if swallowed, within the gastrointestinal tract.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that your pet needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Coates warns that pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.

 9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go without a costume, although a festive bandana may be a good compromise.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

As a pet-friendly office, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, wants your pets to remain safe this Halloween!  Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., stop by our office or contact us for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  We proudly serve Anacortes, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.

Anacortes Senior Center Fundraiser Oct. 28

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The Anacortes Senior Center Foundation presents “Fun – Fabulous Forever Young” on Saturday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m.  This event is an unconventional runway show with clothing made primarily of office supplies.

This fundraiser will be held at The Depot in Old Town Anacortes, located at 611 R Ave.

Tickets are $50 and includes dinner and music, and are available at Watermark Book Company and the Anacortes Senior Center.

For additional information, contact the Anacortes Senior Center at (360) 293-7473.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes Artists Studio Tour Oct. 21-22

 

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Presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, the 2017 Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour will take place Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21.

This year’s tour will feature the artwork of more than 40 artists at more than 30 venues, and studios will be open throughout the 98221 zip code from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Maps for the free self-guided tour around Fidalgo Island will be available at all participating studios, local galleries, the Depot Art Center and the Croatian Cultural Center, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, plus many other establishments throughout the area.

The brochure are additional information will also be on the Anacortes Arts Commission website: www.anacortesartscommission.com.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Fundraiser Oct. 28 Benefiting Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor & S.P.O.T.

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The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APSFH) will host its first “The Howl: A Pawsatively Spooktacular Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, from 6 to 11 p.m.
This is a 21+ event and will take place at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes, featuring a gourmet dinner, no-host bar, costume contest with cash prizes, dancing to Vancouver Premier DJ, onstage games, raffles, silent auction and our guest master of ceremonies, actor Neal McDonough. A portion of this fundraiser will also benefit S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One at a Time), a sister shelter in the Burlington area, who shares APSFH’s mission as a no-kill rescue for adoptable homeless pets in need.
Tickets are $75 and all proceeds benefit the Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor and S.P.O.T’s daily operational expenses.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.

“Tales for Tails” at the Anacortes Public Library

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Made possible by Dogs on Call, “Tales for Tails” will be held at the Anacortes Public Library on the second Saturday of each month from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Library.

Children are invited to come and practice their reading skills by reading to the dogs of Dogs on Call.

Upcoming dates include:

  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

For additional information about Tales for Tails, please contact the Anacortes Public Library.

2017 Anacortes Vintage Market: “Falliday” Oct. 20-21

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Sassy Frass Company will present the 2017 Anacortes Vintage Market on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21. “Falliday” is this season’s event theme and it will take place at the Port Transit Event Center at 100 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes.
Tickets are available now and are limited for Friday’s VIP event from 6 to 9 p.m. for $20, which also includes admission cost for Saturday. To attend Saturday only, tickets are $7 and the event is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vendors will be stocked each day with home and garden décor, French antiques, junk salvage, collectibles and more!
A canned good drive will also take place both days, and more information about the event and ticket information can be found online HERE.

Free State Park Day: Sept. 30

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Deception Pass and other state parks throughout Washington will allow entrance without a Discover Pass on Saturday, September 30, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

Additional free days this year are Nov. 11 and Nov. 24.

The Discover Pass is regularly $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a day pass and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

Anacortes Shipwreck Day: Sat., July 15

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Organized by the Fidalgo Rotary Club, this year’s Anacortes Shipwreck Day will be held Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., however some vendors or businesses will be open earlier.

More than 200 vendors and businesses will have items for sale throughout the day along Commercial Avenue and the surrounding side streets.

Admission to this event is free, and more information can be found at www.shipwreckfest.com.

Celebrate Independence Day in Anacortes

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor will host a public open house on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following events and activities will take place throughout the day:

  • 5K Run along the flight line
  • Displays and demonstrations of NAS Whidbey Island Aircraft, which may include the EA-18G Growler, P3-C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, MH-60S Knighthawk, and the C-40A Clipper
  • Navy Band performance
  • Guided bus tours
  • Search and Rescue/K-9 Working Dog Demonstration
  • Fire Department Static Displays and Rescue Demonstrations
  • Explosive Ordinance Demonstration
  • Climbing wall
  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Aviation memorabilia