KONG’s Tips for a Happy & Healthy Halloween

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The candy! The costumes! The crisp fall air! Halloween is a beloved holiday for lots of humans and we want to share the fun and festivities with our pets. However, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your pet is safe and happy as you celebrate. We give you, KONG’s tips for a healthy Halloween:

  1. While we get a little zing of excitement every time the doorbell rings (Will it be a cute ballerina or yet another Harry Potter?!), it can be very stressful for dogs. If you’re on door duty, keep your pup in a quiet room, away from the front. A frozen, stuffed KONG is the perfect distraction from the constant throng of little ghouls and goblins visiting your home. Check out our fun recipe below…
  2. There’s no question that candy is delicious. Nevertheless, many Halloween treats are toxic to our canine friends. Products that contain chocolate, raisins and/or xylitol are all very harmful and should be avoided. Make sure your bowl of candy is out of reach of your pet and keep the kids from sharing any of their pirates’ plunder.
  3. Some dogs wake up on Halloween and can’t wait to get into that doggy Yoda costume. But for lots of pets, costumes can be annoying and even traumatic. Use your best judgment and decide whether your pet minds being dressed up or not. If he seems stressed or tense, forego the costume. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume is not constricting or excessively loose and beware of any parts that could be chewed off or ingested.
  4. Sadly, Halloween is a dangerous time for outside cats, especially if they’re black. Keep your cat indoors during October just to be safe.

KONG Punkin’ Chunkin’ Pie (fills two KONGs)
Indgredients:
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Stuff'N Real Cream Cheese Spread
2 large Stuff'N Peanut Butter Snacks (crushed)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Split mixture between two KONGs and freeze.