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Halloween Tips & Treats For Your Pet

Posted October 30, 2015

Don’t leave your furry companions out of the Halloween fun. Here are some tips to make sure your pet has a SAFE and happy Halloween! And as our extra special treat, we’ve posted some yummy pumpkin recipes for your cat or dog. P.S. We’ve also got a special Halloween contest, see our Facebook!

Tip #1: Keep Your Pet Inside:

Although most people are enjoying the day, there are some vicious people and Halloween pranksters who may harm pets. All outdoor cats or dogs need to be kept inside. Black cats are particularly at risk for abuse during Halloween, and we recommend keeping them inside for several days around Halloween.

Keep your cat or dog away from the door, so they don’t run out. It’s a good idea to keep them in a separate room, and turn on the radio or TV to keep them entertained and suppress outside noises and knocks at the door. You may even want to disable your doorbell for the night, if you notice that causes stress and anxiety.

Ensure your pet has up-to-date identification, just in case they escape or become lost.

Tip #2: Use Natural Supplements To Ease the Nerves

You may want to give your cat or dog NHV Matricalm or NHV Lesstress to help soothe their nerves.

Tip #3: All Dogs Need To Be On A Leash

Try to take your dog out early for a walk and keep them on a leash. We recommend that even if you don’t leash your dog normally that you do on and around Halloween. People may be lighting fireworks, yelling, or making loud noises, which may spook your dog – the last thing you want is to spend a stressful night looking for your lost pup.

Tip #4: Don’t Keep Lit Pumpkins around pets

If your cat or dog gets too close, they may burn themselves or accidently cause a fire.

Tip #5: Don’t Dress Your Pet in A Costume Unless They Love It!

Some pets enjoy being dressed up, but be sure costumes do not constrict movement or are otherwise unsafe. If your pet is dressed in a costume, be extra careful around lit candles and pumpkins.

Tip #6: Do Not Feed Candy or Chocolate to Pets

Candy and chocolate are not for pets. Chocolate is especially dangerous because it contains theobromine, an ingredient which is toxic to cats and dogs.

Instead try making these yummy treat recipes below. These recipes were sent to us from some awesome pet parents. Do you have your own favorite recipe for pet treats? Send it over with a pic and we’d love to share it.

Doggy Halloween Treats:

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

½ cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons peanut butter

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

Kitty Halloween Treats!

¾ cup flour

1 can tuna

2 tbsp canned pureed pumpkin

1 tsp dried catnip.

1. Combine all the ingredients until it becomes a dough.

2. Pinch off and mold into small log-like bite size pieces.

3. Put on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


Happy Halloween everyone! IF your pet does enjoy letting you dress them up, NHV is having a Halloween contest on Facebook. The winner gets a free bottle of NHV product. Details on Facebook here:

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