Happy Halloween 2015!!

We love to be scared silly on Halloween. It’s part of what makes it one of my favorite holidays! (Yes, I called it a holiday and I stand by that statement.) But not all scares are of the fun ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties variety. Beware these pet health horrors come Halloween and we’ll all have a lot more fun!

  1. Be careful not to let your pet get hold of costume pieces, parts, and props. If your pet ingests them, they can cause all kinds of intestinal issues and even blockages. Eesh!
  2. As delicious as chocolate and other candies are, they can make your pet very sick. So keep your Halloween haul out of paws’ reach!
  3. I remember Halloween when I was a kid- we got what seemed like hundreds of trick-or-treaters. It was great! If you’re expecting your fair share of Halloween revelers, be sure to keep your pet safely secured. The last thing you want is your cat or dog bolting out the front door!
  4. While carving your pumpkin is an essential part of celebrating All Hallow’s Eve, they’re a virtual petri dish of bacteria. There’s also the danger of burns from the candles inside. Keep little lips and paws safe by putting your pumpkins out of reach and lighting them with faux candles.

If you notice your pet behaving strangely, i.e. weakness, hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., be sure to get them to the vet immediately or call one of these hotlines:

  • Pet Poison Hotline 1-800-213-6680
  • Animal Poison Control 1-888-426-4435

Instead of candy, give your fuzzy friend one of these delicious pumpkin meatballs and they’ll haunt you for another one! Bwahaha!

Pumpkin Meatballs

  • 1 lb. of ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then roll into 1 inch meatballs and place each a 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on top. Let cool and serve. Freeze unused portions you are not using in the next few days.