Purrfectly Safe Howlween for your Pets! 357

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips:

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 ofxylitol 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. Thankfully, the liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, but it does not taste good.  Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit.  If your pet does chew on a glow give it some fresh water or a small meal to help clear the liquid out of their mouth.

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. So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. And speaking of pumpkins…

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 Fido or Kitty 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. 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). try to offer treats as a reward and a way to get comfortable.  If your pet really isn’t happy, perhaps skip the costume.   A Halloween themed  bandanna or bow may be a good compromise.

10. ID’s, 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.

Thank you to PetMD for the helpful article!

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These DIY Grinch Ornaments “Don’t Come from a Store” Give a gift that “Means a Bit More” 756

Still looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague?  In honor of the new Grinch movie that came out this holiday season, here is our take on a fun DIY ornament that is so cute and adorable, you’ll want to steal em right off the tree!  These ornaments are fun & easy to make, look great, and are a gift that will be treasured annually by the receiver.  If you already have something for everyone on your list, why not start a new family tradition and make a new ornament together every year?  It is a great way to look back over time and bring back memories of Christmas past when you decorate the tree each year.

These easy to locate supplies can be found at your local Michaels or AC Moore, and with a prep time of 45 min, you can still find plenty of time to make them before Christmas!

You will Need the Following Supplies:

  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Ornament Glitter Adhesive
  • Fine Green Glitter
  • Green Feather Boa
  • Paint Markers: Black, Yellow, Red
  • Small Funnel
  • Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cup or mug to use as stand
  • Ornament hook

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of glitter adhesive inside.  Just need enough for a this coat, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
  2. Rotate the ornament all the way around so the glitter adhesive covers the entire inside of the ornament.
  3. Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container.  If necessary, gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out.
  4. Next add the glitter into the ornament.  Again rotate the ornament around and shake as necessary so the glitter covers the whole inside.
  5. Put the lid back onto the ornament
  6. Next its time to draw your Grinch face
  7. Measure and cut a length of feather boa so it fits around the top of the ornament
  8. Finally add hot glue to the lid area and glue the piece of boa around the top

“It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” – The Grinch.

 

Shop These Local Long Island Toy Stores 2019 432

Had enough of Cyber Week and shopping online? Small toy shops are the go-to destinations for those who prefer to shop brick and mortar stores for their gifts.  Shopping these smaller local stores gives a more personal shopping experience and patrons can find unique and fun gift ideas.  These shops often provide demonstrations and offer one-on-one assistance to ensure you select the perfect gifts.

At these local Long Island shops you will find everything from the hottest new toy trends to the classics, educational toys, party favors and much more:

 

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey Toys and Books Is A Trendy, Funky, Cool Store That Will Keep You One Step Ahead! You should definitely plan to stop here if you’re looking for what’s new and hot, as they often get a hold of popular and trendy products before other stores. Watch for in-store and seasonally-themed events as well.

More information: 360 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale; 516-484-0966; Click here for more info

 

 

Fun Stuff Toys

Specializing in kids’ toys. Shop for creative, educational, developmental games, puzzles, and specialty toys.  Fun Stuff Toys has a friendly staff who hold playful demos on the latest and greatest toys. There are many seasonal and trendy toys, action figures, models, educational toys, riding scooters and mainstream items for children of all ages.

More Information: 3639 Merrick Rd., Seaford) 516-409-8697; Click here for more info

 

 

Stevenson’s Toys and Games

With two locations in the Hamptons, Stevenson offers a variety of main stream and rare toys.  They pride themselves on offering toys from around the world that are both fun and stimulating.  Some toys will rekindle memories from your own childhood; others are new and exciting.   Free gift wrapping on all purchases.

More Information: Southampton (631-283-2111) and East Hampton (631-527-7222); Click here for more info

 

 

M.J. Beanz Toys

At M.J. Beanz Toys you’ll find toys of the trendy and educational variety, as well as the traditional activity and coloring books, dolls, stuffed animals, puzzles and arts and crafts kits. There are also party favors and educational products.

More Information:  345 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview; 516-827-7700; Click here for more info

 

 

G. Willikers

At G. Willikers seasonal gifts and trendy board games are the norm.  Here you can find educational toys, dolls, action toys, cuddly stuffed animals and items for babies and toddlers. Art tools and kits, outdoor riding toys and books are also mainstays.

More Information: 22 Forest Ave., Locust Valley; 516-671-3335, Click here for more info

 

 

Einstein’s Attic

At this store in the heart of Northport village, you’ll find more than just toys from major manufacturers, but also handmade and specialty items for dolls and collectibles. Educational and science toys are available too, as are seasonal offerings.

More Information: 79 Main St., Northport; 631-261-7564, Click here for more info

 

 

Funni Business

Toys are the main option of this playful shop notable for the large “Gumby” statue that stands in front of its window, but stock also includes seasonal and lawn games, as well as party favors, collectibles, retro toys, baby playthings, books and candy.

More Information: 30 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay; 516-922-3900, Click here for more info

 

 

Boardwalk Games

Boardwalk Games has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a child or a seasoned gamer, the store specializes in strategy games, jigsaw puzzles and chess sets. Boardwalk Games sells collectible versions of classic games. The store has a wide array of chess sets and variation chess games as well as a large selection of Monopoly sets.

More Information: 35 Creek Rd., Port Jefferson; 631-928-4263; Click here for more info

 

Matty’s Toy Stop

A family-owned operation, this local chain of stores has 4 locations serving the Long Island area.  Each locations has a variety of mainstream toys as well as educational items and playthings for babies. Rows of shelves filled with games, toys, books and puzzles, this store is a fun house for young kids.

More Information: Locations: 19 Covert Ave., Floral Park, 516-358-4010; 1350 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, 516-295-2555; 2138 Merrick Mall, Merrick, 516-771-4209; 284 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-634-0030; Click here for more info

 

Goldsmith’s Toys and Electronics

Recently reopened in a new space slightly down the block, Goldsmith’s is still well known for its large collection of rubber ducks; it also carries plush toys, beach and bath toys, books, art supplies, kites, puzzles and more. They carry a full line of Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego, Melissa and Doug, and Lionel Trains. Oh and Goldsmith’s also has electronics, just in case you need batteries, cables or a new phone charger.

More Information: 128 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-0466; Click here for more info

 

Learning Tower

LearningTower Toys features hard to find, innovative, high quality games and toys. Their mission is to provide children with quality products that foster personal expression and self esteem. Learning Tower features mainstream toys, but also focuses on interesting board games, collectibles, figurines and building toys. Be sure and explore its puppet section, which includes a wide selection of well-crafted options that range from finger fun to hand dolls that work best with practiced manipulation.

More Information: 4747 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station; 631-928-2040, Click here for more info

 

 

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning may not be a traditional toy store but it carries hands-on learning materials. Customers can open any product to take a closer look before making a purchase, and the store hosts free events for kids every Saturday. Some things you’ll find there: building sets, educational toys, science kits, math/reading games and art supplies.

More information: 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park; 516-616-9360; Click here for more info

 

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