Need Halloween costume ideas for your pet?

Franklin Farmcat, who lives with JF Richards in Fayetteville, PA, models his "ninja cat" costume.

Franklin Farmcat, who lives with JF Richards in Fayetteville, models his “ninja cat” costume.


Do you have an epic Halloween costume prepared for your four-legged friend? If not, here are some sites that offer ideas:

OWNZONES offers fun videos filled with unique costume ideas for your pets (and you). Check it out at https://ownzones.com. The content requires a subscription to U-Zoo, which is usually 99 cents per month, U-Zoo is offering a 14-day free trial right now.

DogChannel.com offers do-it-yourself instructions for creating pet Halloween costumes. The site also offers photos of favorite Halloween costumes for pets for 2014.

Also, check out PetMD.com’s top 10 pet Halloween costumes.

Think your pet looks awesome in his or her Halloween costume? There’s still time to enter Pets Best insurance’s Halloween costume contest. Grand prize is one year of free pet insurance, up to $500. All pet owners are invited to participate; you don’t have to be a policyholder to enter. Deadline to enter is Nov. 20. Find out more at www.petsbest.com.

There are still a few days to enter Old Mother Hubbard’s pet Halloween photo contest as well. Enter on the Old Mother Hubbard Facebook page. But hurry; it ends on Halloween!

Reversala looks quite beautiful in her tiger-striped Halloween shirt. She lives with JF Richards of Fayetteville, PA.

Reversala looks quite beautiful in her tiger-striped Halloween shirt. She lives with JF Richards of Fayetteville, PA.

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Halloween doesn’t have to be frightening for pets

 My cat Merlin likes to play dress-up for Halloween and other holidays, as long as the costume doesn't cover his face at all. He prefers to keep it simple, such as the Halloween necktie he's wearing in the photo, or a simple bandana with a holiday theme.

My cat Merlin likes to play dress-up for Halloween and other holidays, as long as the costume doesn’t cover his face at all. He prefers to keep it simple, such as the Halloween necktie he’s wearing in the photo, or a simple bandana with a holiday theme.

While Halloween festivities, costumes, candy and decorations are enjoyable for people, they might not be as much fun, or as safe, for our pets.

Keep Halloween treats out of reach: Candy is in abundance on Halloween, making it essential that we ensure our pets are at paws length to avoid sickness. No chocolate for pets! Also bad: raisins, artificial sweeteners and wrappers.

Identification is key: Because of the chaos of the neighborhood crowds, pets might get spooked and run away. Make sure to have proper identification on your pet to help you be reunited if the pet gets lost.

Fire is not pet-friendly: Jack-O-Lanterns and lit candles should be kept away from pets to prevent injury.

Comfortable costumes: If you want to dress up your pets so they can participate in Halloween festivities, it’s important to make sure the costume allows them to move, see, breathe, drink and hear. Choose a costume that is streamlined and without any nibble-able pieces.

To glow or not to glow: Glow sticks and jewelry are commonly used on Halloween. However, the liquid and small pieces can be quite harmful to pets if ingested. Chewing on glow sticks can cause mouth pain, irritation and drooling, and ingesting a glow stick can cause intestinal blockage. Remember to keep these costume elements far away from pets’ mouths.

Stranger danger: Your pet is bound to come into contact with many new people and animals while greeting trick-or-treaters. If your pet tends to be wary of strangers, put them in another room to avoid the commotion and prevent injury to either the pet or trick-or-treaters.

Trial run: If you will be wearing a costume, try it on a few days in advance in front of your dog,so he knows it’s you. If you’re hosting a party, make sure your dog is comfortable interacting with people he has never met and those who may have their faces covered.

This is a partial list, cobbled together from the following sources. For more information visit these webistes:

American Veterinary Medical Association, avma.org

DogChannel.com

www.billblacklawfirm.com/top-5-halloween-safety-tips-dogs

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Simply Nourish dog treats recalled

PetSmart has announced that Loving Pets Corp is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef and Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to the potential of mold growth.

For more information, visit www.dogfoodadvisor.com or call the Loving Pets Corporation at 866-599-7387.

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Siamese-lookalike cat missing in Dover area

Monk, a tan and dark brown cat with light blue eyes, is lost in the Crone Road area, about 2 miles north of Dover, PA. His person said he looks like a Siamese and is very friendly. Monk was wearing a collar and a tag with contact information on it when he went missing. He was last seen Thursday morning (Oct. 2). If you see Monk, call Ginny at 717-318-7711.

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Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats recalled because of possible mold contamination

kong-aussie-sticks-beef-sent-by-jakks-180 On September 25, JAKKS Pacific recalled its Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats from PetSmart because of possible contamination with mold.

Products being recalled are Item 75559 and Item 75560, with “Best before” dates of 1/30/16 and 1/31/16.

According to an email from JAKKS Pacific to Dog Food Advisor, the “product can be returned to PetSmart for a full refund.”

Customers may contact JAKKS Pacific at 877-875-2557 or Kong at 303-216-2626.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area or by visiting www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Bravo recalls dog and cat food because of Salmonella risk

Bravo is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
Keep Frozen
Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen

2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.
Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen
Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety: all sizes of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016, and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website, www.bravorawdiet.com, for a full refund or store credit.

More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravorawdiet.com/bravonews.html or call toll free (866) 922-9222; or visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm416452.htm.

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Bored? Looking for something to do? Check out YDR Pets' events listing.

Looking for something to do? Check out YDR Pets’ events listing.

Looking for something to do? Check out our listing of pet-related events. To add animal-related events to this listing, e-mail rose@ydr.com:

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Light a candle Thursday in honor of pets who died without homes

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The Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting campaign takes place Thursday, Sept. 25, worldwide.

Helen Woodward Animal Center, in partnership with Blue Buffalo and Embrace Pet Insurance, is uniting with animal lovers and animal welfare organizations worldwide to light candles in memory of the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home, and draw attention to the fact that millions more are still in need of permanent homes.

Community members are invited to attend a candle-lighting ceremony at their local shelter, or assist with organizing one; light a virtual candle online at www.remembermethursday.org; change their Facebook profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day on Sept. 25; and spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels using #LIGHTFORPETS.

For a list of participating organizations or to register your group, visit www.animalcenter.org.

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Farewell to a friend: What to expect when it’s time to say goodbye to your pet

During his final moments, Smokey, a 16-year-old German shepherd, was surrounded by his family  --  Melissa and Ron Weitkamp, their 12-year-old daughter, Destiny, and their 21-year-old son, Dylan, as well as the family's other two German shepherds and one of the cats. Smokey was euthanized at home when his health deteriorated to the point where he was unable to stand and walk without help, and unable to control his bladder.

During his final moments, Smokey, a 16-year-old German shepherd, was surrounded by his family — Melissa and Ron Weitkamp, their 12-year-old daughter, Destiny, and their 21-year-old son, Dylan, as well as the family’s other two German shepherds and one of the cats. Smokey was euthanized at home when his health deteriorated to the point where he was unable to stand and walk without help, and unable to control his bladder.

See also: Veterinarians explain euthanization process and Readers share memories of final moments with pets

Also: Watch the two-part video

“Well, today is the day” read the email at the top of my in-box one morning in July. The email was from Melissa Weitkamp of Chanceford Township, and I had been expecting and dreading it. She was letting me know it was time for her family to say goodbye to their 16-year-old German shepherd, Smokey, whose health had deteriorated to the point where he was falling and was not able to get up, and he had lost control of his bladder. Weitkamp had made the difficult decision to have Smokey euthanized, and the vet, Dr. Elizabeth Carney, was coming to the house that day to end his suffering. Dr. Carney specializes in at-home euthanasia.

Weitkamp and Carney had contacted me about a week earlier to ask if I would be present for the procedure when they decided it was time. They had inited me to do a video and write about the process, in hopes of helping other families who might be considering in-home euthanasia for their pets.

When I arrived, Smokey was lying on a blanket on the living room floor, breathing heavily, his front legs splayed out to the sides. He was surrounded by Melissa and Ron Weitkamp, their 21-year-old son, Dylan, and their 12-year-old daughter, Destiny. The family’s other dogs, 5-year-old German shepherd brothers Phantom and Shadow, were also in attendance, staying close to Smokey most of the time. One of the family’s cats, Buttercup, was sitting on the sofa next to the blanket, offering comfort to Destiny. The family’s parrots were in the next room and were quiet for the most part, which I’m told is unusual for them. If you watch the video, you will hear them a few times.

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Farewell to a Friend: Videos of an at-home euthanasia

These videos show a veterinarian performing euthanasia at home for the Weitkamp family’s 16-year-old German shepherd, Smokey.

I separated the video into two parts, primarily so that those who don’t want to watch the injection of the euthanasia drug can watch just the first part. Also, there were some technical difficulties with the camera in the first part, and I switched to a different camera for the second part, so it seemed a natural place to split the video.

Part 1 shows Dr. Carney, the veterinarian, explaining the process to the family and administering the first injection — a sedative and pain med. The family then spends some time with Smokey while they wait for the injection to make Smokey drowsy.

Part 2 shows Dr. Carney administering the euthanasia drug to end Smokey’s suffering. It also shows Smokey’s body being placed on a stretcher for transport to the crematory.

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