Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

The Puppy Perils of Fall! (Infographic)

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy Halloween from Manor Lake! These are some of the pictures that our families sent us of our Manor Lake dogs posing in their costumes, and sporting their best fall attire. We hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

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More Halloween Pet Safety Tips!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Although Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday, it can be a bit scary and dangerous for pets. To avoid some of these scary things, we found another article about Halloween Pet Safety Tips from Hope you all are excited for Halloween!

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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. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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

Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.

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.

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

Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. And speaking of pumpkins…

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.

If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

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

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet does have one of those fancy-schmancy embedded microchips.


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Halloween Black Cat Banana Cookies For Your Dog!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
We are all getting in the holiday spirit getting ready for Halloween! We found this great recipe that is dog-friendly and easy to make. It is sure to make your dog excited for Halloween! Happy Woof Wednesday!
  • 2 1/4 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Non-Fat Powdered Milk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Banana -Mashed
  • 1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Beef Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
Preheat over to 300 degrees.

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients until well blended. If dough is sticky, add flour until desired texture is achieved! You do not want the dough to be too sticky or it will be difficult to roll.

Remove dough from bowl and knead on a floured surface for two to three minutes. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to desired thickness. Cut out cookies with a Halloween cat cookie cutter. Honestly, you can use any cookie cutter…trust me, your pups won’t care! Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Cool completely before serving and store in an air-tight container.

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Halloween – Pet Safety Tips

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Halloween can be a scary and stressful time for your pets and with it quickly approaching, this is a great article to help prep your pet for this holiday. Enjoy and Happy Woof Wednesday!
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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

On October 28, 2010, in Cute and Fun With Pets, by Stacy

If you live in a neighborhood full of kids, then Halloween can be a crazy and stressful time for your pets. The loud knocks or ringing of the doorbell every few minutes accompanied by new faces, smells, and sounds can be a stimulus overload for many pets which is why it’s important to take them into consideration.

Christy Howard wrote a fantastic post for The Boston Globe including a comprehensive list of Halloween pet safety tips:

If your dog is staying home to “help” you hand out treats, even the most laid back dog can get anxious when kids dressed in a costume are at the door:

  1. Keep your dog in another room during trick-or-treating hours. As I noted above, if I let ours greet every kid for three hours, they would be so tired they probably wouldn’t get up the next morning.
  2. Turn on a television or play music to drown out the sounds of trick-or-treaters.
  3. Give your dogs a new treat or toy to occupy their time; you don’t want the dog to feel like they are being punished.
  4. If you have a lot of trick-or-treaters, you may want to sit on your porch and pass out candy; this way the dogs don’t get excited every time the doorbell rings.

If you are dressing up your dog in a costume, it can be fun for you, but make sure it isn’t torture for them:

  1. Just like a collar, make sure you can slip two fingers around the neck and arms if the dog has to step into the costume.
  2. Make sure the dog’s vision is not impaired while wearing the costume.
  3. When a dog has a costume on, they should be able to walk without any interference to their gait. This also means you need to be able to put a leash on the dog. You have to watch that the costume doesn’t interfere with the collar or leash area.
  4. If your dog doesn’t normally wear clothes, try the costume on several times before Halloween; this will allow your dog to get used having something on.
  5. Also take into account your dog’s body temperature in a costume. I recall a few years back, it was still in the upper 80s one Halloween. Several hours of walking in a costume could overheat your dog (and your kids, too, for that matter).

If you are taking your dog out trick or treating:

  1. If you normally walk your dog and he or she is friendly, Halloween might not be a big deal.
  2. If you don’t normally walk your dog, then Halloween might not be the night to start walking them with all the activity.
  3. Make sure you watch your dog so they don’t ingest any dropped candy or that people don’t feed your dog candy. Aside from the fact that chocolate is toxic to dogs, the wrappers of even candy without chocolate can be harmful if ingested by your dog.
  4. Having current tags is crucial if you are taking your dog out with you. If they get separated from you, the chances of their safe return increase greatly if they have identification on them. Additionally, your dog should be micro-chipped in the event they were to lose their collar.

Halloween treats for your dogs or for dogs that come trick-or-treating:

  1. Halloween candy can be tempting for dogs. They are just like kids: it always seems they want things they can’t have, only twice as bad. Make sure your dog doesn’t have access to any candy. That goes for not only the candy you are giving out, but also the candy your two-legged humans bring home from their outing.
  2. Keep dog treats on hand for any trick-or-treaters who come to your house with a dog. It is a nice gesture, and I am sure the dogs will appreciate it after they were such good sports to dress up like the kids.


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Getting Ready for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We’re getting ready for Halloween here at Manor Lake!

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We are putting together a Halloween blog post full of festive pictures and would love to see your dog in their favorite Halloween costume! Please e-mail them to us at

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