Happy Halloween!! Yes, can you believe it, Halloween is this Monday already! This weekend there are a lot of pet friendly events happening on Long Island that will be a lot of fun for you and your furry ones. I will be at some of these events with Wiggily Waggily (Nassau Barkfest & Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens) come by our booth to say hello. Also, make sure to tag me in your pictures, IG/FB @wiggilywaggily. I would love to see your pets in their costumes. But before we get into the fun stuff, please take a moment to go over the safety recommendation from the ASPCA on how to keep your pet safe this Halloween.
Have a great and safe Halloween!
Halloween Safety Tips:
Stash the Treats
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.
Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.
For more tips and information about your pets safety please visit the ASPCA.
Pet Friendly Events Happening on Long Island this Weekend:
4th Annual Nassau Barkfest Pet Costume Contest & Parade
Sat. October 29th, 2016 1PM – 4PM (rain or shine).
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre – Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. (Parking at Fields 6 and 6A)
Even our canine friends love a good Halloween party, and Nassau Barkfest is guaranteed to be spook-tacular fun for both dogs and people! Dress up your furry friend in his or her Halloween finest — pretty, silly, scary or downright ghostly — and join the parade. Costume judging will begin at 2:30 pm and prizes will be awarded. LI-DOG, rescue groups and other animal-friendly organizations will be there to help celebrate. All pets must be on a leash.
Admission to Nassau Barkfest is FREE, but all participants are asked to bring a donation of pet food for families who are facing difficult financial times and need help feeding their pets.For more information, call 516-315-6686, email KGrilliRobles@PDCN.org.
Old Westbury Gardens Dog Days & Fall Festival
Sat. and Sun., Oct. 29-30, 2016
Old Westbury Gardens, NY
Dog Days: Sat & Sun – 10am to 5pm – Bring your leashed dog for an invigorating walk and healthy exercise in designated garden areas. Meet fellow dog lovers in a beautiful environment. Dog must be leashed.
Fall Festival: Sunday Oct. 30th – 11am – 4pm. The festival features exhibits by animal welfare organizations, vendors, and rescue groups along with displays and activities. A costume contest and parade will take place at 3:00 pm. To participate in the parade you must register by 2:00 pm.
To participate in the contest you must complete a registration form available at the map stand by the parking area by 2:00 pm.
The Great Pup-Kin Fest 2016
Date & Time: Sun, Oct 30th 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Cost: Free Event Tel: 631-382-7722
In today’s homes pets are part of the family. You may be looking for ways to brew up some fun on your favorite spooky holiday with your furry friend. We hope you have a howling good time. There are contests and prizes too. Please join us for the 1st Great Pup-Kin Fest on October 30, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm at 5005 Veterans Memorial Highway, Holbrook, NY
4th Annual Halloween Event, Parade & Adoption
Bubbles & Biscuits
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 11AM – 2PM
This year we are having an ADOPTION event and collecting donations to benefit LIVE, LOVE, BARK RESCUE. Donations are greatly appreciated and can include dog food (anything except Beneful), toys, treats, leashes, collars, laundry detergent and dish soap. Please no rawhide as it is a choking hazard. If you are unable to attend the event feel free to drop off donations to Bubbles & Biscuits prior to the event.Activities: Festive fall pictures, bake sale featuring all natural, Made in the USA treats from Backfield Road. All proceeds go to LIVE, LOVE, BARK. Costume Contest starts at 12:30 pm and Holbrook Halloween Parade at 1:00 pm. Trick or treat with your pup down Main Street – begins and ends at Bubbles & Biscuits. For more info please call (631) 676-6604.
Barktoberfest at Brookhaven Animal Shelter
300 Horseback Rd., Brookhaven, NY 11719
Sat. Oct 29, 2016 11AM – 4PM Tell: (631) 451-6950
*If you are holding a pet related event and would like to be listen in future Pet Event posts, please contact me and I will be happy to add your event.