How to keep your senior dog safe on Halloween

How to Keep Your Senior Dog Safe on Halloween

How to keep your senior dog safe on Halloween

October 31st is just around the corner and you know what that means! Ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves. Okay, not sure about the werewolves but you get the picture.

Costumes to be bought or created, bowls to be filled with candy, lit candles and pumpkins all around, not to mention chaos and pandemonium. Before you get lost in all that, let’s talk senior dog safety for a moment.

While there are plenty of senior dogs as healthy and ready for action as they were in their more youthful days, there are also many who are experiencing health issues and anxiety. If your dog falls into the “issues” category, as mine always do, keep in mind it can take them longer to recover from a big change in routine or stressors. These tips will help ensure a fun time for everyone this Halloween!

How to keep your senior dog safe on Halloween

Candies, chocolates and don’t forget the wrappers

Chocolate can be deadly, many candies contain Xylitol (a sweetener toxic to animals) and together with wrappers they are all choking hazards. Have everyone in your house at least try and keep an eye on the floor, and if they see anything to pick it up right away.

Leave the candy outside

If you don’t think your dog can cope with the constant doorbell ringing and kids screaming “trick or treat” there is a solution. How about putting a sign by the gate asking people not to approach the door because your dog isn’t well, and leave a table outside with bowls of candy so everyone can help themselves.

Party time

The music, the noise, the people – all of that can be overwhelming for your golden oldie. Setting up a comfy corner in another room where no one will bother him is probably a good idea, and don’t forget to check on him periodically. Alternatively perhaps he can spend a few hours at the home of a trusted friend or family member.

If he will be walking amongst you, please warn everyone they are not to give your dog any food because of the risk of stomach upset or even, heaven forbid, pancreatitis if the food is fatty. If you can’t guarantee your “no feeding the dog” policy will hold, it is safer to “dis-invite” him to the party.

safety tips for pets on Halloween

Watch out for fire

Lit pumpkins or candles in the house are an accident waiting to happen. Any dog can easily knock them, get burned or cause a fire. If your dog has vision problems, is totally blind or even wandering due to dementia for example, the chances of something bad happening are even greater.  

Keep the pumpkins outside and use candles with fake flames or make sure they are out of reach.

Don’t get mad at the dog

If your dog acts up or is being uncharacteristically naughty, don’t take your frustration out on him because none of this is his fault. He’s worried or anxious and simply reacting to what’s going on.

Provide a safe hiding place

I mentioned this briefly in the section about parties above, but it does bear repeating. Bell ringing, door opening and closing, scary costumes, screaming kids. All this chaos can be stressful, so keep your dog safe and calm by confining him in a quiet part of the house until trick or treat time is over. Make sure he has a comfortable bed, water and a favourite toy.

Relaxation aids

Providing your pup with relaxation aids can make a big difference in how he handles the night. Here are a few for you to check out –

Halloween dog safety

Don’t force your dog to put up with unwanted attention

If you’ll be having company, don’t force your dog to be in the middle of all that and tolerate being petted and hugged. Of course he’s beyond handsome and you want everyone to see how absolutely fabulous your dog is, but too much attention can be overwhelming. If he doesn’t like or want it let him go and be.

Keep your dog occupied

How about preparing a stuffed Kong to keep him busy? Maybe a family member or someone else close to you will volunteer to keep your dog company…and distracted.

ID

If you haven’t gotten around to this (which I hope isn’t true!!), now is the time to microchip your dog and get him a collar and ID tag. If he has all that check the contact details are up to date. With the door opening and closing so many times, there is a real risk your dog can slip out without been seen. Should that happen, heaven forbid, you want to do what you can to increase the likelihood of him being found and returned quickly.

Walk your dog before dark

In order to make sure your dog doesn’t miss one of his outings, you might want to consider moving up his evening walk to just before dark. He’ll be able to enjoy it in a calm fashion, and won’t be spooked by spooks!

Halloween safety tips for dogs

Bring your dog inside

Even if your dog loves to spend evenings in the backyard, Halloween night should be an exception. Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on that night. 

Aim high/keep out of reach

Halloween lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach. Cords can be chewed causing an electrical shock, burns or fire, and decorations knocked over or swallowed. Pumpkins, corn, glow sticks and the like should also be kept away, as blockages or choking can occur if large pieces are swallowed.

Know your numbers

I recommend always having important phone numbers like poison hotline, 24 hour emergency hospital and of course your vet, in an easy to reach place that everyone knows about. If your dog does eat something she shouldn’t have, or you even suspect she has, knowing who to call can be the difference between a happy outcome or a sad ending.  

Playing dress up

I don’t wear a costume but I do like to dress the dogs up. Red was such a good natured dog she was always tolerant but never really impressed by any of it!

If you want to get your dog in costume, here are some things to think about –

  • Don’t just dress him up and leave him/her unattended
  • It should be loose enough so it’s comfortable, but not so loose he can get tangled up in it
  • No beading, bells or dangly items that can be chewed off and cause a choking hazard
  • Make sure it doesn’t restrict breathing or the ability to bark
  • Take it off if he’s miserable

 

If you still want your dog to get into the holiday spirit and a costume isn’t the way to go, a Halloween themed collar or bandana will work just as well.

One more thing – how will your dog react to you being in costume?

 

So there you have it, my Halloween dog safety tips. What do you do to make sure it’s a fun and safe night for everyone? Sharing helps others so let us know in the comments section below.

 

Dog safety tips for Halloween

 

**I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, my Facebook group for senior dog parents. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.**

 

 

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Chocolate Hannukah gelt

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Hanukkah

holiday safety tips for dogs

Happy Hanukkah everyone…my favourite holiday! I guess it’s because of all the fun we had as a kid. Coming together as a family, lighting the menorahs (especially when we were allowed to have our own!), potato latkes, games of dreidel and a few presents.

Of course once I became a pet parent I also started to see Hanukkah as – burning candles for eight nights, torn wrapping paper, discarded ribbon, dreidels spinning across the floor, jelly donuts, fried potato latkes with onions and chocolates in foil. 

Wow, that’s a lot of hazards and what the heck is Hanukkah?

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Hanukkah

A Hanukkah story

For my beloved readers who aren’t familiar with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, or who have heard the term but don’t know the details, here’s a quick summary.

The Greeks destroyed the holy temple. A group of Jews called the Maccabees fought against the Greeks and won, even though they were fewer in number. The Jews cleaned up the temple and found only a very small bit of oil which they used to light the menorah, which miraculously burned for 8 days. Hence we light candles for 8 days.

candles in my beautiful Hanukkah menorah

The Hanukkah menorah

The candle holder is called a menorah. On the first night one candle is lit, on the second two are lit and so on until all 8 holders are filled. Candles are always placed from right to left, yet lit from left to right, signifying the greatness of the miracle that increased on each night.

All holders must be the same height except for one called the Shamash. It can be in the middle or the end like on mine in the picture above. That is taller than the rest and holds the candle from which all others are lit. 

Sounds beautiful doesn’t it? It really is, but lit candles are always a hazard when pets are around, and 8 nights!! The menorah is usually on a table or window sill, but we all have pets that can find a way to reach. My cats always seemed to gravitate to it, and it was a challenge to find a place they couldn’t get to! I just ended up watching them until the candles burned out. 

Whether you’ll be lighting your menorah in the window, on a dining room table or other surface…

Is there a chair or couch your dog can climb on to reach it?

If you have a bigger dog, can his swishy tail catch fire or knock it over? 

Is the furniture the lit menorah will be sitting on sturdy? If not, a dog of any size can easily knock it down, causing a fire and some serious injuries. 

 

If options are limited and there isn’t much you can do to keep your dog from getting to the candles, keep him out of the room or watch him like a hawk.  Banning my dog isn’t an option so I keep an eye on him. A lit menorah is too spectacular a sight for me to want to miss!  

 

 

Hanukkah dreidels

Hanukkah dreidels

There are so many stories of how the name came to be I don’t know which one is “right.” One explanation is that it comes from the German word “drehen” which means to spin, and Yiddish speaking Jews changed the name to dreidel. 

A dreidel is a 4-sided spinning top used to play a game of the same name. There is a Hebrew letter on each of the four sides – nun, gimel, hey, shin. They represent the first letter of each of the four words that make up the sentence (translated into English) “A great miracle happened there” – meaning the land of Israel. For those buying dreidels in Israel you will see that instead of the letter “shin” you will have a letter called “pay” representing the word “poh” which means here.  

Dreidels come in various sizes and materials, but they are typically small and a definite choking hazard. Gather around the table while playing dreidel, but if it’s not convenient for the kids and the floor is best, keep an eye on the dog or give him a delicious bone to chew on in his bed. Watching the tops spin is a very tempting sight for many, and for those of you who have dogs that like to experience everything with their mouths, it’s a danger.

 

Chocolate Hannukah gelt

Chocolate Hanukkah gelt

Gelt, the Yiddish word for money, is given to kids as a gift and often used when playing dreidel. As you can see from the above image, chocolate Hanukkah gelt is made to look like coins, typically wrapped in gold foil (although I have seen other colours as well), come in various sizes in a gold coloured net bag and contain chocolate. 

The wrapped gelt are nice shiny objects that attract our dog’s attention, and the empty foil wrappers are perfect for licking any melted chocolate off of.

If you have young children of course you’re going to be supervising them, and that will benefit your dog as well!   

 

Jelly donuts for Hanukkah

Sufganiot

The Hebrew word for donuts, nothing symbolises Hanukkah more than jelly donuts…okay maybe potato latkes but we’ll talk about them in a moment!

I grew up eating latkes but when I spent a year in Israel after high school, (yes that was ages ago!) I quickly discovered their tradition was jelly donuts. I found it a bit odd to begin with but after one bite I quickly acclimated!! 

If you want to have a go at making them from scratch, check out the video below. 

Please don’t feel bad when your dog gives you that “I’m suffering and starving, how can you possibly deny me” look. While your younger dog may have a strong enough constitution to not experience any serious affects from the piece of donut he snatched out of your hand, your older dog certainly might. All that oil can easily cause pancreatitis (in dogs of any age), and if your senior dog already has it like mine did, the consequences can literally be deadly.  

 

Potato latkes for Hanukkah

Sufganiot are great, but to me nothing spells Hanukkah more than potato latkes. Make them from scratch, from a mix or buy them ready made, however you get them you just have to have them…and don’t forget the applesauce!

Delicious for us, dangerous for our dogs due to the frying in oil part and being made with onions. I know it seems like it’s been all doom and gloom for the animals until now, but finally some good news. Below you will find an easy recipe for doggy latkes, and a video for humans.

Doggy latkes

Grate a couple of white or sweet potatoes, mix with 1 egg and some flour, then drop by the spoonful onto a parchment lined baking tray. Bake around 350 until starting to brown on top then flip. Serve with cottage cheese.

Human latkes

Holiday gift wrap

When it comes to Hanukkah gifts, there is no “standard” approach. Some families give their kids a little something each night, some give one gift, others a bit of money to teach them the value of giving. I suppose adults could also be on the receiving end of some of those presents but that was never the case in my home, it was always just about the kids.

I’m sure you knew the warnings were coming, but that’s the point of this article so I have to. While scrunching up wrapping paper and letting your animals play hockey with it is fun, make sure they aren’t in a corner eating it. Whether you throw out ribbons and bows or reuse them, don’t leave them around to be used as toys. They could easily get swallowed and cause all sorts of damage, and I’m pretty sure surgery to remove ribbon is not what you had in mind.

Holiday safety tips

It really is not difficult to keep pets safe, you just have to be vigilant. For those of us with senior dogs who have issues (blind, deaf, mobility issues, pancreatitis…), isn’t every day about keeping them safe? Don’t we see everything from their point of view, consider what could be a danger and keep those things out of their way? I don’t know about you but every day is like that for me, and holidays are no exception, except that I love them and get to share them with my furry family members.  

  • Keep an eagle eye on your dog (and all pets) while lighting the candles and until they have completely burned out
  • Close the door and keep the animals out
  • Placing a baby gate or barrier across the door means your dog can still see, or at least hear what’s going on 
  • Games of dreidel, eating, and opening gifts can be done on the table out of reach of your dog. When finished put everything away, or make sure the chairs are under the table so your dog can’t reach
  • Allow him to be part of the festivities, but make sure he stays on his bed. A delicious bone or a Kong filled with part of his meal or a favourite treat will keep him busy. Freezing the Kong will keep him even busier for longer

Personally I keep the dogs with us so we can all celebrate together, but I do keep a very close eye on where they are and what they’re doing.

So, is Hanukkah the most dangerous holiday ever?

Of course not!  

Hanukah is a wonderful time to remember the miracle of our people, have the family gather together, enjoy the beauty of lit menorahs, recite the prayers and sing the songs. It truly is my favourite holiday.  

 

**I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, my Facebook group for senior dog parents. It is a wonderful community where you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.**

 

keeping your dog safe on Hanukkah

Reds list of the best holiday gifts for dogs

Red’s List of the Best Holiday Gifts For Dogs and Their People

Reds list of the best holiday gifts for dogs

I’ve never written a post before, but I thought with Christmas and Chanukah right around the corner, I would create a list of what I think are the best holiday gifts for dogs…and the people who take such great care of us! 

As a senior girl myself and someone who is looked after by the best dog mom ever, I decided I was the best “person” to put together a list of presents my fellow more experienced canines would appreciate. 

My human parent thought it was a tad early to start talking the C word, but seeing as Christmas cards started appearing in shops in August where I live, I’d say I’m getting a bit of a late start. For all my Jewish doggie friends, Red's list of the best holiday gifts for dogsthese gifts work just as well…and you get 8!!

ONE IMPORTANT THING – you don’t need the holidays as a reason to buy something for your furry friend!!

THE SECOND IMPORTANT THING – You may or may not know mom likes to help homeless, abused and abandoned animals, especially seniors like me. She helps rescue groups in Spain, fostered 4 animals last year while we were in Spain, and really wants to start a spay/neuter program there. All the money raised through purchases will go to helping her start that program. 

So here we go.

The pet stroller

The single greatest invention and the one thing that gets a lot of use in our home is the pet stroller. It’s my folks favourite item because, to be honest, although they never left me behind they got tired of carrying me everywhere! 

Just because we’re getting on in years and may have issues, doesn’t mean we have to be stuck in the house. I’ve been traveling in style on trains and buses, and in the summer get to take lots of outings to the beach so my brother Jack could run around. We even borrowed one when we were in Spain for 4 months so we could all go travelling!

Just so you know – they’re also fantastic for cats, puppies, kittens, and pets of any age recovering from surgery or illness. They come in so many styles, sizes and colours, you’re bound to find one to suit your dog – unless of course he’s a really big dog and then I think you might be out of luck…sorry! 

Confidence Deluxe Four Wheel Pet Stroller

my senior dog Red has this confidence deluxe four wheel pet stroller

This is the one I use, how do I look? It’s a smooth ride on pavement, roomy enough for me and Jack when he needs a lift, easy to fold, easier to open, plenty of storage for a day’s outing and it won’t break the bank! Here’s a review mom wrote awhile back, so see what you think.

OxGord® Pet Stroller

Oxgord pet stroller

If you’re going for casual walks through the park, or want a lightweight stroller that’s easy to take in the car for road trips, then check this one out. It has a retractable waterproof sun canopy, front and rear entry, mesh windows to let the air in and keep the bugs out, rear locking brakes, spacious basket, leash and parent tray with 2 cup holders and compartment for keys, treats…

Pet Gear No-Zip Jogger

For those of you who like to jog (in this house that would be considered a 4 letter word), this jogger stroller is for you.  Let’s look at some of the cool features.

  • Elevated paw rest with a panoramic view window so your dog can see where you’re running
  • Air ride tires for a smooth and easy ride
  • The front wheel can swivel or be fixed so it’s good for jogging and walking
  • No zip entry so no struggling with zippers that can be a devil to close
  • Parent tray for drinks and other “need to access quickly” items
  • Large storage basket
  • Choice of 3 colours

Bed

Second only to the pet stroller, my next favourite item is my bed. I do spend a lot of time in it, especially when the weather changes. I’m very particular about the type I use, and even when I use it. I have 3 different beds (although my half brother Jack confiscated one of them for his crate when he was recovering from spinal surgery and has yet to return it!), so I have to make do with two.

We’re all individual characters so what I like may not be what your dog likes, so you might have to cough up and buy a couple until your pup is satisfied. I’ll give you some friendly advice – if your dog has arthritis or mobility problems think about getting a bed that has a lower front and raised on 3 sides. The bolster gives your dog something to lean against, and the lower opening means he doesn’t have to lift his leg too high to get in. 

I also like having a fleece blanket on all my beds to add another layer of padding or softness if I’m in the mood, but even more important it’s to wrap myself up in just in case I’m feeling a chill. 

Here are a few suggestions to get you started. 

Brindle Memory Foam Orthopedic Dog Bed 

For dogs that prefer a flatter “mattress” style bed, here’s one to consider. I like that it has memory foam and a support foam for added comfort for achy joints. The removable cover is 100% waterproof and machine washable, so in the case of an accident the foam is protected. It’s also hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. Once again because I’m a fan of the blanket, leaving one on this bed can give your dog something to rest his head on if he wants. 

Modern Chic Trellis Bed 

modern chic trellis bed

I have my eye on this one for several reasons.

I am a big fan of this style bed, and although I don’t have this exact one, I do have something similar. The fact that it’s lower in the front means it’s easier for me to get in and out of. I have very tiny legs, so I prefer not having to step too high, and for my friends with arthritis or stiff joints, it can be difficult for them to lift their legs too high, so perfect for them as well.

The three sides means I can rest my head as I like to do sometimes, and the nice selection of colours will go with any colour scheme, including my own fur.  An added bonus is how easy it is to clean, simply toss the whole thing into the machine, then the dryer, and voila.

We all have our preferences when it comes to pillow thickness, so in our house there is a blanket on every bed so we can adjust the comfort level, or just wrap ourselves in it. I like the flexibility either way.

Elevated food and water bowls

I love food! I may be blind but my hearing is exceptional. So exceptional in fact, I can hear a bread crumb fall. Due to some health issues, I can’t eat the wide variety of foods I used to, but I get by.

A few months ago my human realised it would probably be a good idea to elevate my food bowl, so I could eat more comfortably. She had already done it with my water bowl, and I must admit it’s made drinking a lot easier.

There are some ordinary looking bowls, and some fancier ones if you prefer. Some also adjust to suit various size dogs, which I think is a very considerate feature. Not all canines are petite like I am.

Wrought Iron Stand with Single Stainless Steel Bowl

YML wrought iron stand

I’m a fan of wrought iron, and my favourite colour is black, so when I saw this I had to include it. Notice the cute bone design? Use it as a water bowl, food bowl or buy two. 

Posture Pro Double Diner

posture pro double diner

This elevated feeder comes with 2 bowls, 1 for food and 1 for water or 1 for dry food and 1 for wet. That’s up to you and your dog. I love that it’s adjustable, the combination of wood and metal is very attractive, and for the more enthusiastic eaters, the non-skid feet keep the feeder from sliding across the floor. You humans will love the fact that it comes with 2 dishwasher safe stainless steel bowls.

Clothing

I don’t like seeing dogs in dresses and the like, because we’re dogs not your children. But…when it’s for protection against cold and the elements I can’t live without them. While it’s true I do have some very nice hand crocheted coats courtesy of my mama, a large part of the year I have to wear a sweater indoors and out to keep me warm. No offense, but the woman who cares for me isn’t that talented, so we have to rely on store bought sweaters. Although having said that she recently started learning how to knit and she’s on her third one for herself. Perhaps I can be next?

Reindeer Holiday Festive Dog Sweater

Blueberry pet vintage reindeer sweater

Given the fact I’m a red head this colour doesn’t suit me, but it may suit your furry companion. I’ve included it because I do like this style sweater, and it’s the one I like to wear, although I’m a cable knit type of girl. It’s 100% acrylic which is perfect because wool makes me itchy. It comes it different sizes, 6 different styles, is machine washable and suitable for the dryer. We wash my sweaters in the machine all the time, and I’ve never had a problem with them not fitting or falling apart.

Zack & Zoey Dog Blanket Coat

zack and zoey noreaster dog coat

Love, love, love this coat!

It comes in 8 sizes and 8 colours, it’s water resistant and reversible. The inside is fleece so it’s warm and comfortable, and the reflective stripe means I light up at night. There’s a cute paw print design on the back, for a bit of fun. I’m quite fussy about the closures on coats, and these adjustable Velcro straps under the neck and stomach are my preferred style. I don’t know why I find this the most comfortable, but I do.

Soothing the soul

I’m afraid I have dementia. Not a very severe case, but I was getting riled up at one point, especially before I was put on medication. The only thing that helped relax me was classical music.

Through a Dog’s Ear

Through a dog's ear

The story behind how the CD came to be is too much for me to write about, I’m afraid you’ll have to do some research on your own. All I can tell you is that it works and it’s Red approved.

It’s also great for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, and panic when they hear loud noises like thunder and fireworks (which should be banned BTW – the fireworks not thunder!). If you have cats (I love cats you know), there is music especially for them.

I’ve noticed my human mom dosing while listening. Okay I didn’t “notice” because I can’t see, let’s just say I heard her snoring. Don’t ask her if she snores, it’s a touchy subject, and she’ll deny it anyway.

Heating pads/mats

If you’re somewhat of a hedonist as I am, you’ll appreciate a heating pad to make your bed even cosier than it already is. Winter’s coming, they can’t expect you to be cold can they? You’re wondering why you’d want a present like that? Where are the toys you ask? Who said you’re only getting one, relajarse (that’s relax in Spanish, my human is learning the language, so I guess I am too!)

Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad

snuggle safe pet bed

Just like electric blankets for humans, there are electric heating mats for us, but to be honest, I prefer to not go the electric route. I found this, and liked it…a lot. All you do is heat it up in the microwave, put it underneath your pet’s bed, and it will stay warm for up to 10 hours. We have the heat on, and there’s a blanket if I need it, so this added bit of warmth is perfect.

K&H Self Warming Pad 

kh self warming crate pad

Another electric-less option is the self warming crate pad. Okay I’m not in a crate, but just because it says it’s for a crate doesn’t mean I can’t put it to use in another way. It radiates my body heat back to me so it keeps me warm, just put it under the bed or blanket, and it does the trick. It’s machine washable and available in 3 colours.

Dental care

I have made it impossible for anyone to brush my teeth. I mean it! My human is no pushover, but when I clamp my tiny jaws shut nothing’s opening them. That’s why I’ve had dental surgery…three times. I’m blind, I don’t know what she’s trying to do to me!

For those with more easy going natures, a toothbrush and a toothpaste are great gifts. Clean teeth will keep you healthier longer, something your humans will be grateful for. It’s not the most glamorous gift you can give, but create a themed gift by adding a chew toy and dental chews. Believe me, your dog will love it.

PSSST – here’s a little tip. If your dog refuses to allow any sort of brush near his mouth, try wrapping some gauze around your finger and brushing that way. Even a little bit is better than nothing.

Double Sided Canine Dental Hygiene Toothbrushes 

two piece dog toothbrush set

The long handle keeps your fingers safely away from sharp teeth, and the 2 sized brushes with super soft bristles should fit any size mouth. It’s a best seller so that’s a good sign.

Pro Dental Finger Brush

pro dental finger brush

A finger brush is the perfect alternative to the “traditional” long handled toothbrush. It fits over your finger, and your dog won’t see this long stick thing coming straight at him. It also will give you more control so you can reach every part of his/her mouth, and get it done quickly. They’re disposable so no need to wash the brush each time – nice and simple!

TrueBlue Fast & Fresh Dental Swipes

true blue fast and fresh dental swipes

The perfect alternative to using a toothbrush and toothpaste! These moistened pads are made in the U.S.A., cruelty free and are biodegradable. They have no sulfates, parabens, artificial colours or detergent.

They contain all natural ingredients (which I prefer!!) like Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Grape Seed Extract, Rosemary, Peppermint Leaf Extract and Green Tea (to name just a few).

PetzLife Oral Care Gel or Spray

 

PetzLife oral care for dogs

Continuing on with our natural dental care products, this line is perfect for those of you who don’t want chemicals fed to them (as I don’t), and you’re fussy (as I am). A bit of gel or spray in the mouth and it helps tackle dental problems. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to get your dog’s teeth checked on a regular basis – you do, so they do, but it will help.

Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless-Toothpaste

ark naturals brushless toothpaste

Made in the U.S.A., this all natural pet dental product will help with your dog’s decay, plaque and tartar problems. The outside helps with stinky breath, the inside core includes toothpaste and other ingredients that help support dental health. No wheat, corn, soy or animal protein which is great. They come in mini, small/medium and medium/large. Check it out for a full list of ingredients and benefits.

Treats

There are always treats in our house, and the keyword here is variety. They also have to be grain and wheat free, natural and with ingredients we can pronounce. I can’t have any unless they’re vegetable based and I don’t like that kind so I won’t eat them, but my half brother Jack isn’t limited in that way.

Don’t forget to check ingredients with your vet first if your pup has health issues.

Sam’s Yams Sweet Potato Dog Chewz

sams yamz sweet potato dog chewz

 

If you’re sick of meat, or have to limit it or omit it from your diet, these sweet potato chews are perfect. Made only from human food sweet potatoes, they are nutritious and excellent for teeth and overall health. The company uses a special drying process that transforms the sweet potato into a chew similar to the consistency of jerky. Available in 3 different sizes, I think they’re fab.

Amazon Probiotic Dog Jerky

Probiotic Dog Jerky

 

Another all natural “made in the U.S.A.” product for my 4-legged amigos and amigas. These Chicken Jerky treats contain the health benefits of probiotics with non GMO sweet potato and USDA chicken breast. 

K9 Granola Pumpkin Crunchers

 

Amazon k9 granola factory all natural dog treats

If you prefer biscuits for the crunch, then these Granola Pumpkin Crunchers may be what you’re looking for. My goodness the U.S.A. certainly makes a lot of tasty snacks for us don’t they! The first ingredient is pumpkin so you’ve got my attention, and they come in different flavours which is great because I love variety – blueberry, sweet potato with carrot and parsley, apple & cranberry, peanut butter and banana. 

Toys

Who doesn’t love a toy, and with so many different types, how can I choose? Luckily I don’t have to, because we always have a variety to suit every mood, and activity level.

Trixie Pet Products Flip Board 

Trixie Pet pproducts Flip Board dog treat dispensing toys

 

We love treat dispensing toys…because we love food! I may be blind but my nose works perfectly fine thank you very much! This is called mental stimulation and it’s so important for dogs of all ages. Of course we need our walks and runs, but sometimes our parents forget our brains need exercise as well! Level of difficulty can be increased to give us an even bigger challenge. 

Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy

 

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This hide and seek toy is crazy popular, with over 9,000 pet parents writing some great reviews. The squirrels are squeaky, which of course many dogs love noisy toys, and just stuff them into the plush tree and watch your dog drag them out. Keep it going by re-stuffing them each time. Any size dog will have a blast – The Junior, Large and Jumbo sizes include 3 squirrels and the Ginormous size includes 6.

Kong

Kong

Rather than limit myself to showing you just one style, I’ve included a lot! I love a Kong, and it’s the one thing that can actually keep me busy. Cookies and chews I finish in no time, but a filled Kong, especially if it’s been in the freezer for a bit can keep me busy for a long time. Good luck picking just one! Seeing that it’s Christmas and Chanukah, why limit yourself?  

Walking paraphernalia 

When I’m out and about I can’t help but notice how many of my 4-legged relatives don’t have collars and ID tags. I must say I find that very disturbing. When if he or she got out and needed help finding his way home? Other important accessories include harnesses and leashes and I do have a selection because Mom gets bored of seeing the same one on me. Okay I admit it, I like to look fashionable when I’m out and about. 

Personalized dog collar

personalized dog collar

Remember me mentioning collarless and ID tag-less dogs? Well this is perfect as it’s 2-in-1. The nylon is strong, the  D ring is stainless steel, and the buckle is easy enough to open one handed. If your mom likes to match your collar to your sweater, I know don’t tell me, there are 5 colours to choose from. As if that wasn’t great enough there are 15 colours of thread!! It comes in 4 sizes (XS, S, M, L) so hopefully there’s a size to fit you. 

LED USB rechargeable glowing dog collar 

rechargeable glowing dog collar

I’m all about safety, and now that it gets dark so early you’re going to have to be seen, and this collar is perfect. As a matter of fact my neighbour has one and even though he’s dark brown, I can see him coming for a mile. Actually I’m blind so I can’t “see” him but you know what I mean! Anyway, this is the neon green one, but there are other colours as well – ruby red, royal blue and cotton candy pink.

The collar is 70cm, but can be cut to any length using just a regular pair of scissors. It has 3 settings – slow flash, quick flash and a steady glow which you choose at the touch of a button. It’s also rechargeable so you don’t throw it away when it stops working. Slip it over your pups neck to wear it with his usual collar.   

Blueberry Padded Dog Collar with Jacquard Pattern

Blueberry Pet padded patterned dog collar

Love the collar, love the colour selection and I love the reflective threads sewn into the pattern. Want to hear another fab thing? It comes with a matching leash and harness!!

EcoBark 5′ Dog leash

EcoBark 5 ft dog leash

Aside from being the ideal size (we like 5 foot leashes the best!), we also like that it’s made from recycled water bottles. Why throw them into landfills when they can be put to such excellent use. An adorable dog design, beautiful colours and a padded handle make this a great buy. Oh, did I mention there’s a matching harness sold separately?   

 

PUPTECK no pull dog harness

PUPTECK no pull step in dog harness

This is the favoured style of harness in this house. I don’t need one but Jack does. Sadly he wasn’t treated very nicely in his previous home, so when we first adopted him home he wasn’t very friendly to man or beast. In order to keep him safe he wore a harness so in case he freaked out he couldn’t get away from his mistress. He’s a zillion times better now but he can’t entirely forget his past so with the attitude of “better safe than sorry” he wears a step in/step through harness. Again because of his past he doesn’t like when things take too long, he gets annoyed so this style of harness is the quickest to put on. Put it flat on the floor, put your dog’s feet in the spaces, and snap it shut. Six colours, 3 sizes, adjustable and a sturdy D ring to attach the leash to, it works well for us. 

Help for those of us with mobility issues

Okay I know they aren’t fun presents like a new toy or type of treat, but some of us have mobility issues and some extra help would be greatly appreciated. That doesn’t mean you still can’t throw in some toys does it?

PetSTEP original folding pet ramp

PetSTEP original folding dog ramp

 

Some of us are too little to ever have been able to get into a car on our own, some of us are having a harder time doing it nowadays. If you have a smaller dog you can lift him in and out of the car yourself, but what if you have a bigger dog? Or you’re having some mobility issues of your own? A ramp will protect your back and joints, and give your dog back some of his independence! The non-slip surface means plenty of traction even in wet weather, it folds in half for easy storage, ergonomic handles means easier to carry and it holds up 500lbs (animals only please!!).

PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs

Petsafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs

What, there’s more?

I can imagine your head must be spinning, I know mine is just from writing all this. Okay, we’ve gotten to the end of the gifts for your doggies, but what about something special for yourself? After all, we wouldn’t be here if you didn’t take such great care of us and I’m definitely speaking from experience. You make so many sacrifices for us, and I know how stressed many of you get worrying about our health issues, so you deserve something nice as well.

You can certainly buy it for yourself but better yet, leave this in a handy place for others to see – as a hint!

I’m going with the dog theme because, well… I’m a dog!

Dog Lover Adult Coloring Book 

dog lover adult colouring book

Have you seen the new(ish) trend for adult colouring books? They’re supposed to teach you mindfulness, and help with stress release. My mom has one her niece bought her, and she loves it. It’s a challenge for her to keep her mind off her website for a whole 10 minutes, but bless her, she does her best. Because I’m a dog I’m going to recommend the dog one.

For the wine drinker

wine glass for dog lovers

If you’ve been feeling a little guilty lately wondering if it’s okay to be drinking alone, now you don’t have to worry. This adorable stemless wine glass (a style I’m starting to be okay with) says it all. If your dog is home then you’re not drinking alone.

Pug mug

Boston Warehouse pug mug

We don’t have a pug but everytime we see one mom goes crazy, because she loves them! I don’t take it personally because she loves me more but still…

Pet Memorial Bracelet

pet memorial bracelet

This limited edition 22 Agate bead memorial bracelet is not only beautiful, its’ sale also provides 22 meals for shelter animals. Having come from a shelter myself I fully support that idea! 

Texts from Dog 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar

texts from dog 2017 calendar

It’s impossible for me to wrap my head around the fact 2018 is just around the corner. It’s about this time when my favourite human starts shopping for her new calendar. I saw this one and thought it was cute – perfect for your office desk I would say.

Based on the popular textfromdog.tumblr.com, each page features a hilarious, and occasionally rude SMS exchange between Dog, the foul-mouthed British bulldog, and his owner, October Jones.

Willow Tree True Keepsake Box

Willow Tree True Keepsake Box

This is a seriously sweet gift, and who wouldn’t love it? Keepsake boxes have so many uses – from storing buttons and change, to a precious piece of jewellery or a child’s lock of hair.

 

Hope you enjoyed my best holiday gifts for dogs recommendations

Every time I thought we reached the end of this list, she found something else to add. I finally had to put my paw done and say “enough.” I worked really hard on this guide, but I needed to make sure you would buy your furry companions something they’re going to love. I feel like I owe them!

If you’d like to send us some pictures of your dog opening presents, I’d love to see them. Add them to my Caring For a Senior Dog FB page or if you share your life with a senior, please accept my invitation to join Senior Dog Care Club, and post them there. 

 

*There are affiliate links in this post, which means if you purchase anything I make a few pennies…literally. That money helps me help homeless animals through donations, fostering and my spay/neuter project called Fixing Spain.

 

 

 

happy-halloween

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween pet safety tips

With the hustle and bustle, not to mention chaos and pandemonium, don’t forget these important Halloween pet safety tips.

Have a fun and worry free Halloween with some very helpful advice!!

Candy – a cavity for the kids, something worse for your pets

Keep bags of candy out of your pets’ reach. If a piece of candy or chocolate falls on the floor, pick it up right away – and tell your kids to do the same! It can be poisonous, and a definite choking hazard.

Beware of flames

Lit pumpkins or candles in the house, are an accident waiting to happen. Easy to knock over, your pet can burn himself or cause a fire you may not notice until it’s too late.

Confine your pets

Bell ringing, door opening and closing, scary costumes, screaming kids. All this chaos can be stressful on your pets, so keep them safe and calm by confining them in a quiet part of the house until trick or treat time is over.

ID

If you haven’t gotten around to this (which I hope isn’t true!!), now is the time to microchip your pets and have them fitted for a collar with ID tag. If they have ID, make sure all contact information is up to date.

Bring your pets inside

Don’t leave your dog alone in the yard, and keep your outdoor cat in, especially if he or she is black. Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night.  

Aim high/keep out of reach

Halloween lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach. Cords can be chewed causing an electrical shock, burns or fire, and decorations knocked over, or swallowed. Pumpkins, corn, glow sticks and the like should also be kept away, as blockages or choking can occur if large pieces are swallowed.

How will you keep your pets safe this Halloween

Know your numbers

I recommend always having important phone numbers like poison hotline, 24 hour emergency hospital and of course your vet, in an easy to reach place that everyone knows about. If your dog does eat something she shouldn’t have, or you even suspect she has, knowing who to call can be the difference between a happy outcome or a sad ending.   

Playing dress up

If you’re going to dress your pet in a costume

Don’t leave him/her unattended

It should be loose enough so it’s comfortable, but not so loose she can get tangled up in it

No beading or other pieces that can be chewed off

Make sure it doesn’t restrict her breathing or ability to bark

Take it off if she’s miserable

A Halloween themed collar or bandana can be festive, and is safer

happy halloween keep your pets safe

Halloween pet safety tips – conclusion

If you have any Halloween pet safety tips you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them, please share in the comments section below.

Have a fun and safe Halloween

 

 

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Make Your Own Dog Halloween Costumes

make your own dog Halloween costumes

If you’re not wild about any of the dog costumes out there, and a collar with pumpkins just won’t do it for you, how about if you make your own dog Halloween costumes?

I’m afraid I’m not craft-inclined, but if you enjoy a challenge, or prefer the satisfaction of making something from scratch, I have put together some patterns and other accessories you can use to create your own unique design. If you want to send in some pictures of the costumes you’ve made, I’d love to see them and might even publish them!

Patterns

McCALLS Pet Costumes 

Available in sizes (length) – Small(6½”-9″), Medium(9″-11″), Large(11″-13½”), X-Large(13½”-16″), XX-Large(16″-18½”)]. each pack comes with patterns for a pumpkin, superhero, vampire and a dress.

Simplicity 3952 Dog Costumes

Turn your dog into a Pumpkin, Santa, Princess, King, Hot Dog or Witch in no time. Fits small dogs 8″-10″ body length and 15″-18″ chest, and medium dogs 12″-14″ body length and 19″-23″ chest. 

Simplicity Dog Costumes Pattern 8287 

Suitable for dogs with 14″-16″ neck, 16″-18″ chest, length 16″-18″, consists of patterns for Santa, devil, witch, pumpkin, ballerina, angel, cow and clown.

Simplicity Pattern 1765 Matching Child and Dog Dinosaur Costumes

Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., the child’s dinosaur and dragon costumes are sizes 3-8; the dog dinosaur costume is available in 3 sizes S (13″), M(15″), L(17″). 

Simplicity 2759 Victorian Dog Costume

If you want to dress your dog in something unique, take a look at this! Definitely adorable, and not something you see, in fact I’ve never seen this before. Available in XS, S and M sizes. 

 

Halloween fabric

Take a look at these gorgeous Halloween fabrics! Whether you’re using one of the patterns above, or you’ll just make a bandana or cape, these spooky looking fabrics are perfect. 

halloween costumes for dogs

Halloween Costumes For Dogs

halloween costumes for dogs

It’s just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes for dogs.

My dog Red is quite easy going, but so far hasn’t liked any of the head pieces I’ve put on her, so this year I’m going simple. Yesterday I bought a really cute pumpkin sweater, and that’s what she’s going to wear.

Forget about my other dog Jack. I may be able to put the black cape on him that I used last year, but another one that’s not a fan of head wear.

For those of you with dogs who’ll let you put anything on them, here are some cute costumes.

 

Cotton blend ribbed pumpkin turtleneck

 

Lion mane and tail

 

Animal Planet peacock costume

 

Wonder Woman

 

Tarantula

 

Pumpkin carrier

 

Super Hero

 

Holy Hound

 

Hot dog and mustard

 

Glow Bones

Halloween costumes for dogs – conclusion

You decorate your house, you dress up your kids, don’t make your dog feel left out. There’s lots of great Halloween costumes for dogs to choose from, or if you prefer, why not make your own?  

If there aren’t enough treats to get your dog to put on one of these costumes, how about a Halloween themed dog collar?

Hixixi Halloween bow ties for dogs and cats

Halloween Collars For Dogs

If your dog refuses to wear a costume, no matter how many treats you bribe him with, stop stressing and check out these Halloween collars for dogs.

Jack has no interest in costumes, but since I love Halloween and he has to wear a collar anyway…I thought I would look for other ways to get him in the holiday spirit. How cute are these collars and ties? 

Blueberry Halloween Spirit Collection 

Blueberry Halloween collar for dogs

3 sizes, 8 different patterns, a detachable bat design and an eco friendly buckle. What’s not to love about it!! 

3 Dirty Dawgz Adjustable 1″ Trick Or Treat Dog Collar 

 

3 Dirty Dawgz Halloween dog collarMade in the USA this adorable dog collar is available in 3 sizes – medium (14″-22″), large (17″-27″) and x-large (20″-34″). A Polypro webbing is used instead of thick nylon, giving it the strength you want without the weight on your dog’s neck.

BOO! Halloween Nylon Ribbon Dog Collar by Midlee

BOO Halloween collar for dogsThis scary 1“nylon collar has a plastic buckle and metal d-ring, and is available in 2 sizes – medium (10″-18″) and large (18″-26″). 

Hixixi 15piece Halloween Bow Ties Set

Hixixie 15 piece mutli pack Halloween bow ties for dogs and catsLove the selection!! 15 piece set of bow ties made from lace and polyester come in a variety of designs such as pumpkins, skulls, bats and ghosts. Dress your dog (or cat) up in a different one every day in the weeks leading up to Halloween!

 

Pumpkin Lamp Pet Dog Puppy Collars


Available in small and large, who can resist this spooky pumpkin design with the pumpkin shaped bell?

Classic Halloween Nylon Ribbon Collar

 


Ghosts, skulls, pumpkins and bats…yep that about sums it up! Made in the U.S.A.

 

3 Dirty Dawgz Adjustable 1″ Spooky Doggy Reaper Halloween Dog Collar 

3 Dirty Dawgz Halloween Reaper dog collarLove, love, love the design!! Constructed in the USA this 1″ wide dog collar is available in 3 sizes – medium (14″-22″), large (17″-27″) and x-large (20″-34″). Polypro webbing instead of thick nylon gives this collar strength without the bulk so it’s lighter on your dogs neck for extra comfort. 

Adjustable Dog Collar with Orange Halloween Pumpkins

 

pumpkin-collar

Available in sizes XS-XL, no one will get left out, it’s machine washable and made in the U.S.A.

 

Schmoopsie Couture White Sparkle Skeleton on Black Dog Collar

Schmoopsie couture skeleton Halloween dog collar

 Designed and made in the USA, this 1″ wide collar is available in 3 sizes – medium (11″-17″), large (15″-24″) and x-large (20″-29″). It comes with aeavy duty plastic buckle and metal d ring the skeleton design is fab!

Halloween collars for dogs – conclusion

Your pooch may not be fond of costumes, but with these Halloween collars for dogs, he’ll still be fright night ready.  

 

I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, a new Facebook group for senior dog parents. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.

 

*There are affiliate links in this post, which means if you purchase anything I make a few pennies…literally. That money helps me help homeless animals through donations, fostering and my spay/neuter project called FIxing Spain.

christmas tree

Christmas Pet Safety Tips

 

Christmas Pet Safety Tips

Extra care needs to be taken of our pets at holiday time, so read on for my best Christmas pet safety tips. 

Just because certain family members sport fur, feathers or even scales, and may have more legs than we do, does not mean they shouldn’t be able to join in the festivities of the holiday season.

In order to make it safe for our pets, we need to take a little extra care, so part of that time is not spent in the emergency room. When things get hectic, pets’ needs can sometimes get neglected. keeping pets safe during ChristmasIt may be a holiday, but it is never a holiday from the responsibilities of pet care.

Always make time to pay attention to your pets. Don’t get lax about walking your dog, cleaning your cat’s litter box, or letting your rabbit out of the hutch. If you worry there will be times you can’t give them your full attention, enlist the help of a trusted family member, neighbour or professional pet sitter/dog walker.

With people in and out of the house, there’s an increased risk of a pet getting out. Warn everyone to take extra care, or keep the front door locked if you have to.

If you don’t think you can safely monitor comings and goings, keep your pets separated in another part of the house – at least until everyone has arrived.

Now is a good time to make sure your pets are wearing ID tags, and all contact information is current.

Make a note of your vet’s holiday hours, the address of a 24 hour emergency hospital, and the number of the animal poison hotline. The last thing you want to do, is run around searching in a panic.

Now that all that has been said, here are some tips that should help you keep your pets safe, and allow everyone to have a happy Christmas

Christmas TreeTrees and plants

Anchor your tree so it doesn’t fall on your pets.

Fence it off, or sweep up tree needles regularly. They’re sharp and can get stuck in your pets’ paws, or cause internal damage if ingested.

Although poinsettias have a low level of toxicity for cats and dogs, it is still best to keep them out of reach. Far more dangerous are mistletoe, lilies and holly. To be on the safe side, keep all flowers and plants out of reach.

Tree water can contain fertilizers, bacteria, or even aspirin. A screen around the tree may be the easiest way to keep pets away from that particular water source.

When you’re out, close the door to the room your tree is in.

Decorations

Animals always seem to gravitate to the new things you bring into your home, don’t they? Imagine the temptation of trees, plants, decorations, bright colours and flashing lights.

Keep Christmas Ornaments Out of Pets' ReachKeep ornaments above their reach as they, along with hooks and fasteners, can be eaten. Consider larger, unbreakable ornaments.

Watch out for tinsel. The shine is a real attraction, and can be eaten, or become wrapped around the animals’ neck.

If your pet is freaked out by twinkling lights, buy ones that don’t.

Snow globes can contain anti freeze, which is deadly to pets. Pay attention to where you place them.

Cords are a tangling hazard, and some animals consider them a chew toy. Hide them, cover them, tape them down.

Keep Lit Candles Out of Pets' ReachAre some of your decorations toxic? Things like bubbling lights, fake spray snow, and styrofoam, are potential hazards.

Who doesn’t love lit candles, and logs burning in the fireplace? Use fireplace screens, and keep candles out of reach. Never leave burning candles unattended, even if you think you will only be gone for a second. It never works out that way. Battery operated “faux” candles are an alternative, and some are quite beautiful. While they may not be an exact replacement for the real thing, you won’t have any of the real worry.

Christmas DinnerFood

Who isn’t guilty of slipping their pets a little something, from the dinner table? If you aren’t, great, but if we’re talking about you…

When you’re sitting around the table, enjoying your feast with family and friends, it’s an exciting time for your pets, because there are so many more people your animals can beg from. It also means a greater chance of stomach problems. 

Even if you’re used to feeding them table scraps, it’s probably best to put a blanket ban on that practice for now.

Poultry bones can splinter once swallowed and cause damage, and food too rich for sensitive stomachs can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and even pancreatitis.

Never give sweets or chocolate. Remove all candy, even sealed boxes from their line of sight. We’ve all seen our pets accomplish amazing feats, when they put their minds to it.

Don’t leave glasses with alcohol lying around for pets to lick.

Keep your garbage can in a cupboard, but if you prefer it out for the sake of convenience, make it pet proof.

Gifts and Wrapping

Of course you want to include your pet in the holiday by giving them presents. Just buy ones suitable for animals.

keep pets safe on ChristmasTake care when the rest of the family are opening their gifts. Immediately throw out gift wrapping, ribbon, bows, and plastic packaging. They’ll be swiped before you know it.

Don’t leave the kids’ toys lying around either. Small pieces can be bitten off, and cause choking or blockages.

Noise

All the extra people in the house, means lots of extra noise. Kids running around, music playing, champagne bottles being opened, Christmas crackers and balloons. While some animals have no problem, and are more than happy to be in the middle of the mayhem, others are more skittish and will feel quite nervous and stressed.

Make sure they have a quiet place where they can hide. Put a bed, blanket, water and toys so they’ll feel comfortable.

If your pet is particularly freaked out, there are natural remedies, relaxation cds and traditional medications that may be helpful. Speak to your vet for some suggestions.

Weather

Depending on where you live of course, Christmas can bring some nasty weather. Christmas or not, animal care is not seasonal. Consider limiting the amount of time they’re outside, and Christmas safety tipsputting them in a coat or sweater. Salted sidewalks can burn your dogs’ paws, so try booties or one of the protective creams on the market.

Christmas pet safety tips – conclusion

Remember to never give pets as presents. You want to get a family pet? Do it some other time of the year. Kids should be taught to respect animals, and not view them as things. They need to learn there’s a difference between an animal and a sweater.

I hope you will find these Christmas pet safety tips useful, and by taking just a few precautions, you’re in for a very, merry Holiday season.

 

dog with Christmas presents

Best Christmas Gifts for Dogs

pets in front of Christmas tree

Hard to believe how quickly time passes, and we’re talking about Christmas gifts for dogs again! 

The items listed below are great for any time of year, so hang onto this site when you’re looking for doggie stuff! I will be including a link for each item that will take you directly to an online resource where you will find it for sale.

Bowls and feeding accessories

Raised feeders may make it more comfortable for your senior dog to eat and drink. I have raised my senior’s bowls and it seems easier for her now.

Personalized Simon Double Feeder Pet Bowl

Personalized Simon Double Feeder Pet Bowl  pierced bone pattern made from mild steel, includes stainless steel bowls; comes with a brass plate engraved with your pet’s name 

Personalized Nelson Dining Table Pet Bowl

Personalized Nelson Dining Table Pet Bowl – made from mild steel that includes stainless steel bowls; comes with a brass plate engraved with your pet’s name 

Eco-friendly Healthy Pet Diner Feeders

Our Pet’s Eco-friendly Healthy Pet Diner Feeders – elevated for all size pets; ergonomically correct feeding for improved digestion and posture; reduces stress on joints; comfortable feeding for elderly dogs or those suffering from bone and joint problems; 5 year warranty; includes two stainless steel bowls; produced from recycled materials; made in the USA. 


Adjustable Height Wood Dining Table for Dogs – good design for senior dogs; adjusts easily to 4 height levels (3.1, 4.3, 5.5, 6.7”), non-slip mat holds  bowls securely in place; eliminates discomfort for older dogs suffering from stiff muscles and joints; easy to assemble; rubber feet protect floor surfaces and prevent sliding 

Signature Housewares My Friend Dog Bowl – for large dogs, constructed of glazed stoneware ceramic; dense and durable; stands up to constant use and frequent cleaning; dishwasher-safe; 74 oz capacity 

Beds, sofas, blankets

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to dog beds. If you’re buying for a senior dog, especially one that may have arthritis, consider getting a bed that has at least one side lower than the other. It will make it easier to get in and out of.

Another thing I do is to keep a blanket in every bed. It gives my dogs the ability to wrap up if warm, make a pillow if they need one, add extra support or comfort as well.

 

decorate your own pet bed

Decorate Your Own Pet Bed – fabric markers are included to design your own bed and is great for kids; removable cover for washing; two sizes 

 

Personalized Super Orthopedic Lounge Bed

Personalized Super Orthopedic Lounge Bed – 7” thick to comfortably support your ageing pet; can be personalized 

 

Personalized Hardwood Platform Pet Bed With Padded Headboard

Personalized Hardwood Platform Pet Bed With Padded Headboard – padded microfiber headboard; 2 1/2 ” thick durable mattress with removable zipped microfiber cover; cherry finish; maximum weight is 45 lbs; personalize with engraved brass plate; (29.5” L x 24” W x 16.75” H) 

 

big shrimpy bed

Big Shrimpy Planet-Friendly Catalina Classic Pet Bed – 100% recycled materials in inner cushion; reversible cover; cover & inner cushion are both machine washable 
Heavy Duty Overstuffed XXL Orthopedic Memory Foam Bed – stuffed with shredded memory foam; able to support dogs up to 160 lbs 

American Kennel Club Pet Throw Blanket -reversible for two different textures; machine washable; (50”x 40”) 

Collars, harnesses and leashes

Beverly Hills Leash

Beverly Hills Dog Leash – pink webbing; 100% cotton decorated with jet black and pink diamond patterns on creamy white background; (4’, 5’ and 6’ length, and 5/8”, ¾” and 1” width) 

 

Harry Barker Eco Friendly Eton Collar

Harry Barker Eco-Friendly Eton Collar – made from 100% certified recycled plastics; no petro-chemicals; machine wash and dry; can withstand up to 600 pounds of pressure; nickel-plated hardware is tarnish and scratch resistant 

Christmas dog collars

Christmas Collars – available in small, medium and large 

 

licensed NFL dog collar

Licensed NFL Dog Collars – 100% colour fast, machine washable polyester; nickel plated steel hardware; Made in the U.S. A. 

licensed NFL dog leash

Licensed NFL Dog Leash – 100% colour fast, machine washable polyester; nickel plated steel hardware; Made in the U.S.A. 60″ 

Custom Embroidered Dog Collars

Custom Embroidered Dog Collars – personalized ID Collars with pet name and phone number; adjustable sizes with plastic snap closure 

Interactive toys (to keep your dog’s mind sharp)

Kong extreme dog toy

KONG Extreme Dog Toy – ultra-strong, ultra-durable, black rubber compound is recommended for the most powerful chewers; helps reduce boredom and separation anxiety; unpredictable bounce for games of fetch; Made in the USA 

Nina Ottosson's Interactive Dog Toy

Nina Ottosson’s Interactive Dog Toy (Dog Brick) – stimulates your dog’s brain; hours of entertainment; ideal for all ages and breeds; no assembly required; can vary level of difficulty 

Outward Hound Mini Hide Dog Toy

Outward Hound Mini Paw Hide Dog Toy – keeps your dog playing longer;  sniff & lift action; 6 treat-hiding cups; BPA, PVC, & phthalate free (8.1″ L x 8.2″ W x 1.5″ H) 

Outward Hound Kyjen I Qube Dog Toy

Kyjen I-Qube Puzzle Plush Interactive Dog Toy – eliminates boredom; develops a dog’s intelligence; fun puzzle solving skills 

Apparel (including college sports team bandanas and jerseys)

 

Dog Bandana

College Team Bandana– with official logo of your favourite team 

 

Buffalo Bills Dog Jersey

Officially Licensed Football Dog Jerseys – have your dog show support for your favourite team 

Personalized Wool Plaid Dog Jacket

Personalized Wool Plaid Dog Jacket in Green – shearling lined wool jacket in a tan plaid pattern with brown buttons; dog’s name embroidered on the collar  (sizes XXS-XXL) 

Reindeer Dog Sweater

Blueberry Pet Holiday Festive Christmas Reindeer Dog Sweater – made of 100% acrylic yarn for ease care and durability; machine washable with similar colour; tumble dry (sizes 10”-20”) 

Shearling Fleece Dog Winter Coat

Shearling Fleece Winter Coat – faux suede coat has soft polyester fleece lining; easy touch closures on the adjustable belly belt for a snug, draft-free fit; 100% polyester; machine wash and dry 

Travel gear – carriers, purses, strollers

All Terrain Extra Wide 3 Wheels Pet Dog Cat Stroller w/RainCover

All Terrain Extra Wide Leopard Skin 3 Wheels Pet Dog Stroller with Rain Cover – easy fold; opens and folds in 5 seconds; large storage basket; cup holders; front and rear entry; top, front and rear ventilation mesh window keeps bugs out 

Dog Bicycle Basket

Dog Bicycle Basket with Mesh Water Bottle Holder and Rain Cover – mesh water bottle holder; pockets for treats; straps to attach carrier to bike handles; internal harness clip for keeping pet secured; rain cover with opening for pets head (10″ H x 13″ W x 10″ D) 

 

Carry-Me Pet Carrier

Carry-Me™ Pet Carrier – meets most airline regulations; front and rear zippered openings; zippered accessory pocket; mesh water bottle pouch; interior safety tether; padded carry handle; detachable shoulder strap; includes silver bone ID tag

Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier

Snoozer Wheel Around 4 In 1 Pet Travel Carrier – rolling pet carrier, backpack, bed and car seat all in one; excellent for airline travel (check airline restrictions first); packs flat for easy storage; for pets up to 15 lbs; (9″ x 12″ x 13″, weighs 8 lbs) 

 

Golden Nugget Dog Carrier

Golden Nugget Carrier – includes removable, washable fleece-lined padded interior mat; mesh windows provide ventilation; interior lined with animal print fabric; interior leash hook; durable zipper openings, exterior pocket; suitable for dogs up to 10lbs / 5kgs 

Treats

Before buying treats, please make sure the ingredients are suitable for your dog’s diet.

 

Freeze-Dried Liver Treats

Northwest Naturals Freeze-Dried Liver Treats – 100% freeze-dried chicken, beef, or lamb liver; naturally rich in protein, vitamins A, D, C and B- complex, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus; 100% natural human grade ingredients; easily crumbled for smaller pets; sprinkled over pet food for variety or to entice eating 

 

K9 Granola Pumpkin Crunchers

K9 Granola Pumpkin Crunchers – pumpkin, oatmeal, barley flour, oat flour, potato flour, vegetable oil, molasses, sweet potato, carrot, parsley, cinnamon, vanilla 

 

Terrabone Dental Dog Treat

Complete Natural Nutrition Terrabone Dental Dog Treat – Made in the USA; organic brown rice is first ingredient; hard like a bone but super digestible; made with natural chicken 

Virbac CET Enzymatic Chews

C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews – clinically proven plaque control; eliminates plaque-forming bacteria; made using select beef hide 

Virbac CET Veggie Dent Dental Chews

Virbac C.E.T. VeggieDent Dental Chews – vegetable based; freshens breath; reduces plaque; decreases tartar 

Surprise My Pet Sample Box

Surprise-My-Pet – Monthly box of dog goodies delivered right to your door; includes toys, treats, a theme, accessories and a doggie costume that matches the theme

For the dog lover and their home

 

Who Rescued Who Coaster

Coaster (Who Rescued Who) –  durable stone coaster, cork backing prevents them from sliding, protection against water rings, drips and scratches (4″ square x 1/4″ thick) 

 

Dog Lessons For People Mug

Dog Lessons For People Mug – made in the USA and holds 10 oz. 

White Bronze Plated Keychain

White Bronze Plated Keychain – pet picture is printed on a square photo charm and attached to a round key ring; nickel-free and lead-free; tarnish resistant; 100% waterproof 

 

 Luggage Tag with Custom Text, Paws and Bones Design includes rubber strap

Personalized Luggage Tag -with text; includes rubber strap; huge assortment of designs & colours 

 

8" Photo Bracelet with Square Charm

Photo Bracelet with Square Charm – add a custom photo to the square pendant; chain and charm are free from nickel and lead; 100% waterproof; tarnish resistant; 7” chain and a 1” extension 

 

I hope there were enough gift ideas for you to choose from. Let me know what you ended up giving, and receiving!

Halloween safety tips

How to Keep Your Dog Safe On Halloween

how to keep a dog safe on Halloween

As fun as the upcoming holiday is for humans, pet safety is super important so let’s talk about how to keep your dog safe on Halloween.

Keep the candies for the kids

We all leave the candies right near the front door don’t we? After all it’s the most convenient for us, but is it convenient for your dog as well? My dog Jack is extremely resourceful when it comes to reaching food. He figured out a way to jump from the couch to the ledge to the table to get what he wanted. If this sounds like your dog please put the bowl out of his reach, then a bit higher!! 

When taking handfuls of candy some pieces are bound to end up on the floor, so when you see something fall please pick it up immediately. In all the excitement you likely won’t notice, so do your best to check for fallen keep Halloween treats out of reach of dogstreats because chocolate is poisonous and candies and wrappers are choking hazards. 

If your dog does eat something she should not have, or you even suspect she has, call the poison hotline, or take her to the emergency hospital if your vet is not available.

Lock him up!

Welcoming trick or treaters means lots of door opening, bell ringing, scary costumes and screaming kids. Keep your dog safe by putting him or her in a separate part of the house, a crate or behind a baby gate.

ID please

Even if your dog is safely locked away, it’s important for him to be microchipped and have a proper fitting collar with an id tag, containing up to date information. You never know – someone may let him out or he may let himself out, and you want to do everything you can to ensure he gets back home safely.

how to keep your dog safe on HalloweenA note I really have to add – your dog should always be microchipped and have an ID tag.

Don’t leave him alone in the backyard 

Don’t leave your dog alone in the yard. You never know if a prankster will steal or let her out, or even do her harm. If your dog lives permanently outside, which I hope is not the case, bring him in on Halloween.

Keep decorations out of reach

Halloween lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach. Cords can be used as chew toys, and decorations knocked over or swallowed.

Shine the light outside

Lit candles and pumpkins naturally go together, but that combination is best left outside on paths and walkways. if left within reach your dog can either burn himself or accidentally start a fire. As I mentioned earlier, some dogs are determined enough to reach heights you never thought they could reach, and even if you do find the perfect “out of the way” spot for your burning Jack O Lanterns, who can enjoy what they can’t see?

Playing dress up

As you can see from this picture of my dog Red, she looks less than thrilled with the costume I put together for her. She wears a sweater most of the year so I know it wasn’t the cape that was annoying her as much as that witch hat!! I was not about to leave her unhappy so I took a few pictures then took it right off her.

If your dog is more willing than Red, make sure there is no beading or other pieces that can be chewed off and no part of it restricts his breathing or ability to bark.

If your dog wants no part of it, please don’t force him. There are plenty of Halloween sweaters, collars and bandanas he may be happier wearing. ways to keep a dog safe on Halloween

Know your numbers

I recommend always having important phone numbers like poison hotline, 24 hour emergency hospital and of course your vet, in an easy to reach place that everyone knows about. If your dog does eat something she shouldn’t have, or you even suspect she has, knowing who to call can be the difference between a happy outcome or a sad ending.   

How to keep your dog safe on Halloween – conclusion

It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of costumes, parties, and trick or treaters isn’t it! Let’s not forget these important Halloween safety tips so everyone, our four legged family members included, have a safe and fun night. 

 

What awesome tips do you have to share that will make this coming Halloween as safe as possible for our pets? Please leave them in the comments section below. 

 

Happy Halloween

 

 

I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, a new Facebook group for senior dog parents. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.