Can you believe it's that time of the year already? The leaves are already starting to fall, and the weather is a mix of beautiful sunshine and sunsets to getting colder. There are lots of fun things to do during this time of year with your pet, here are some ideas and tips to have a safe Halloween with yours!
Trick or Treating with your Pet:
If you will be participating with any local trick or treating activities, be sure to keep in mind the time of day so that you can choose appropriate safety wear for your pet. If you will be out with your pet at night, be sure to get a refective vest for your pet friend or something reflective. Also, keep an eye out for any dropped candy on the ground and keep in mind- chocolate is not good a for a dog to eat and can make them very sick.
The fall is such a fine time to decorate, and if you like to decorate for Halloween, you'll also have a lot more creative options for your home and porch. don't forget that our pets will respond to change and will sometimes get into anything new. So when you are decorating, be mindful of any cords that are out in the open, or decorations that are reachable to prevent your pup from destroying them,
Treating Your Pet to Fall Delights:
Did you know pumpkin is actually healthy for pets? Not the pumpkin Sitting on your porch, or that pumpkin pie filling- we are talking the canned organic ( non sweetened) pumpkin. Canned organic pumpkin is beneficial in many ways and a great fall treat to let your pet enjoy! Here are some of the benefits of organic Pumpkin:
1) Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our furry friends, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.
2) Urinary Health: Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. Not only that, they are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
3) Weight Loss: Have you ever noticed your dog gravitating to any treat with pumpkin? Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin. If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your pooch or kitty, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.
You May be wondering - Raw, Cooked, or Canned?
Both raw and cooked pumpkin is safe for dogs. (If your dog or cat has diabetes or chronic kidney disease, always ask your vet first.) As far as our healthy pooches go, seeds and flesh of fresh raw pumpkins are safe provided, of course, it’s not a rotten pumpkin that’s been sitting on the porch for four weeks. Pumpkin parts do go rancid very quickly! If you choose to go with canned, make sure it’s organic and doesn’t have added sugar.
Make Homemade Fall Pet Treats!
We all know that when it comes to our pets, we want to give them healthy treats & foods. Making your own treats at home doesn't take very long, is much healthier than store bought and its actually very cost effective too! Plus you will get that added time to bond with your fur friend- just be careful they don't try to be sneaky and eat the whole batch while its cooling.
Pumpkin Squeak Treats
2 cups rice flour 1/2 cup natural peanut butter 1 cup pumpkin puree (low in sugar) 2 eggs (I used 3 for more moisture) 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.
We hope you have a wonderful fall and halloween this year. Don't forget to keep your pet active which is a big part in helping them stay healthy.