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.

What is Halloween Without a Pumpkin?

Paulina is having a great time choosing the perfect pumpkin!!!

Halloween is just around the corner and there are still a lot of pumpkins in Anacortes and surrounding areas waiting to be transformed into art! Here are some tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin:

  • First and foremost…Please avoid accidents when working with children; you can never be too careful! They should be supervised at all times and more so when handling sharp objects.
  • Choose a big pumpkin! The bigger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve, especially when carving with little ones.  Stay away from pumpkins with bruises or mold as they will spoil quickly. Bonus Tip: Lighter colored pumpkins tend to be easier to carve.
  • Draw or print the pattern of choice on a piece of paper. This will help you visualize the final product and make changes before its too late. Use small scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving. This site has great templates! Click here
  • Start carving! A serrated knife works best for carving pumpkins. Store bought pumpkin carving knifes are the best, but any serrated knife will work. It’s easier to carve the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top, plus it’s safer to place the pumpkin over a light source rather than lowering the light (like a candle) into the pumpkin. Cut off any bumps so the pumpkin will sit evenly.
  • Remove the seeds. An ice cream scoop is great for removing the pumpkin seeds. Don’t throw them away! Toss the seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 min at 300 degrees. VoilĂ ! Roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Prevent mold and dehydration. Cover the carved areas and interior of pumpkin with petroleum jelly. Another thing you can do is add a table spoon of bleach to a regular size (24oz-32oz) spray bottle filled with water. Spray the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture.

A carved pumpkin will only last for a week at the most, so it’s best to cut your pumpkin a few days before Halloween. Have fun decorating your home and have a safe and happy Halloween!

Girts Rekevics Memorial Fund 4th Annual “The Haunted Warehouse” Fundraiser

Its that time of year again!

We are about a week away from our big event! This years Haunted Warehouse promises to be full of spooktackular suprises!
Midlife Crisis and the Alimony Horns will be there for our entertainment! Avenue Catering is Donating the food and their wonderful catering services! Door prizes, costume contest, raffles and more!
Tickets can be purchased at the Anacortes pizza factory, Donatello, Cameo Hair Care, and Sassy Frass Company! $40 Per person or $280 for a table of 8. You can contact Judy Rekevics at judyrek@aol.com and she will take your table reservaton. Tickets can also be purchased at the door…..but I wouldn’t wait!
All Proceeds of this event will go to the Anacortes Cancer Care/Infusion clinic for patient comforts. The GIrts Rekevics Memorial Fund is now a 501c3 organization!

I hope to see everyone in costume and having a great time!

Haunted House – Anacortes Style!

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