Thanksgiving is on its way and the Christmas and New Year festivities aren’t far behind. For many, Holidays are an exciting time filled with family, friends, and of course, food. Your house may be a little more crowded than usual or you may even be traveling. So what does all this mean for your canine companion? Here are a few tips to help make the Holidays fun and safe for you and Fido.

Create a Safe Haven

This probably sounds like a given, but it’s worth mentioning. Your dog may do well in crowds, but it’s always a good idea to designate a spot just for them when things get a little chaotic around the house. Create a ‘time-out’ zone and put their bed or crate in a quiet room so they’ll have a spot to snuggle up if they’re anxious or just need to rest.

Chocolate, Grapes, and Onions, Oh My! Food Dos and Don’ts

It’s known that chocolate is not safe for dogs, but did you know that grapes, raisins and onions are also bad news? Bones are a major doggie health hazard …

There are some amazing super heroes in the world. Sure, there’s Superman and Wolverine, but I was talking about the dogs.

Some dog breeds have skills that make them super-canine. Here are a few of them and their comic book counterparts.

Bloodhound as Batman – The World’s Greatest Detective

Need a mystery solved? Put up the bat symbol in the sky and summon the Batman. But if you need something found by its scent alone, you can trust the Bloodhound to find it. The Bloodhound’s sense of smell is so impressive that it can track people across days and distances unfathomable to human noses. Like the Dark Knight, police turn to Bloodhounds to help find missing people and evidence of crimes.

 

Greyhound as Flash – Fastest Dog Alive

Topping out at over 40 miles per hour, the Greyhound is the canine equivalent to a super speedster. They might not be able to circle the globe in the blink of an eye, but they can outpace you and me any day.

 

Portuguese Water Dog as Aquaman – King of the Sea (and Lakes, Creeks, …

I’ve noticed a fabulous trend in my city lately ­­– more and more families are bringing their dogs with them while trick-or-treating. Being the huge fan of Halloween that I am, I really enjoy passing out candy to the neighborhood kids. This year, I decided to supplement my candy stash with some homemade dog treats for my four-legged neighbors.

I did some digging and found a ton of great recipes. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down to just a few I wanted to try, but these three really stuck out.

Pumpkin and Cheese Mummy Biscuits

Jodi over at Kol’s Notes found a fabulous recipe for some festive mummy cookies and “dogified” them. The result is not only adorable, but it’s completely Fido-friendly!

Check out the complete recipe here.

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Skeleton Bones Dog Treats

I can’t get over how crazy awesome Aimee’s skeleton bone dog treats are! Her Chihuahua, Chuy, seems to agree with me. Utilizing a mold pan, these biscuits only have five simple ingredients: flour, egg, chicken bouillon, plain yogurt and water!

Check out the complete recipe here.

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Peanut Butter …

Halloween is almost upon us and while this wonderfully spooky holiday is all fun and games for humans, it can be rough on our canine companions. Here are five tips for keeping your dog safe this Hallows’ Eve.

photo via www.anythingpawsable.com

 

Treacherous Treats

We’re all aware that chocolate — in all forms — can be very dangerous for dogs. However, candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. Small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar which leads to loss of coordination and seizures.

Keep Halloween candy well out of reach of your dogs at all times. If you think your dog may have consumed chocolate or xylitol, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

 

Dangerous Decorations

If you enjoy decorating your home for Halloween, be extra cautious when placing candles and Jack-O-Lanterns. Dogs can easily be burned or singed by candle flames – or worse, knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.

 

photo via dogvacay.com

 

Detrimental Disguises

If you plan on dressing your dog, make …

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