10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families, but may be stressful for pets. Here are 10 ways to keep your pets safe from PetMD:

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep glow sticks away from pets.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed.

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or causing a fire.

7. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk to pets. Pets who chew on electrical cords can receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed. Shards of glass or plastic can cause lacerations anywhere on the body or, if swallowed, within the gastrointestinal tract.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that your pet needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Coates warns that pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.

 9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go without a costume, although a festive bandana may be a good compromise.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

As a pet-friendly office, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, wants your pets to remain safe this Halloween!  Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., stop by our office or contact us for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  We proudly serve Anacortes, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.

Halloween at the Hall: Oct. 28

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The Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts and Kennelly Keys are partnering to present a Halloween costume party and fundraiser for free music lessons for kids.

Performing at this event for the first time in Anacortes is the Bellingham band The Penny Stinkers and there will be a costume contest and beverages provided by Anacortes Brewery.

This is an all ages show and children under 12 are FREE.

All the money raised at this event will go to the newly established fund to pay for music lessons for music students who can not afford them.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Kennelly Keys.

Kennelly Keys is located at 1904 Commerical Ave., Anacortes.

For more information: pugetsoundproductions@gmail.com.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes Senior Center Fundraiser Oct. 28

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The Anacortes Senior Center Foundation presents “Fun – Fabulous Forever Young” on Saturday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m.  This event is an unconventional runway show with clothing made primarily of office supplies.

This fundraiser will be held at The Depot in Old Town Anacortes, located at 611 R Ave.

Tickets are $50 and includes dinner and music, and are available at Watermark Book Company and the Anacortes Senior Center.

For additional information, contact the Anacortes Senior Center at (360) 293-7473.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes Artists Studio Tour Oct. 21-22

 

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Presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, the 2017 Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour will take place Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21.

This year’s tour will feature the artwork of more than 40 artists at more than 30 venues, and studios will be open throughout the 98221 zip code from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Maps for the free self-guided tour around Fidalgo Island will be available at all participating studios, local galleries, the Depot Art Center and the Croatian Cultural Center, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, plus many other establishments throughout the area.

The brochure are additional information will also be on the Anacortes Arts Commission website: www.anacortesartscommission.com.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

City of Anacortes Dog Licenses Move Online

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The City of Anacortes will begin issuing 2018 dog licenses in mid-November so be on the lookout for your more convenient options in the coming weeks.

2018 changes include:

  • Renewal licenses will be mailed directly to owners of all currently licensed pets.
  • New and renewal licenses will be available by mail, in person at City Hall or the Anacortes Police Department, and online.
  • Owners will be able to update their own contact information and pet information throughout the year.

 

Proof of rabies vaccinations are required each time your renew your dog’s license, and if you have moved since your dog was last licensed, please call (360) 299-1968 to ensure that your renewal reminder reaches you well in advance of the January 1 deadline.

Click here for pricing and additional licensing information.

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Fundraiser Oct. 28 Benefiting Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor & S.P.O.T.

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The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APSFH) will host its first “The Howl: A Pawsatively Spooktacular Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, from 6 to 11 p.m.
This is a 21+ event and will take place at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes, featuring a gourmet dinner, no-host bar, costume contest with cash prizes, dancing to Vancouver Premier DJ, onstage games, raffles, silent auction and our guest master of ceremonies, actor Neal McDonough. A portion of this fundraiser will also benefit S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One at a Time), a sister shelter in the Burlington area, who shares APSFH’s mission as a no-kill rescue for adoptable homeless pets in need.
Tickets are $75 and all proceeds benefit the Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor and S.P.O.T’s daily operational expenses.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.

“Tales for Tails” at the Anacortes Public Library

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Made possible by Dogs on Call, “Tales for Tails” will be held at the Anacortes Public Library on the second Saturday of each month from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Library.

Children are invited to come and practice their reading skills by reading to the dogs of Dogs on Call.

Upcoming dates include:

  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

For additional information about Tales for Tails, please contact the Anacortes Public Library.

Free Event: Tales from Wild Alaska

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Taking place Friday, October 13, at the Anacortes Senior Center from 7 – 8:30 p.m., join Alaskan best-selling author and photographer Nick Jans as he shares photos and stories about life in Northwest arctic Alaska, where he lived for 21 years.  All are welcome to this FREE admission event.

Author of A Wolf Called Romeo, Jans will share short readings from his award winning essay collection, The Giant’s Hand, as well as a vivid slideshow.

Jans will be available to sign photography available for purchase at the end of the talk, as well.  Cash or checks only are requested.

For additional information, please contact Tina at (360) 755-3238.  The Anacortes Senior Center is located at 1701 22nd St. in Anacortes.

Anacortes Bier on the Pier Oct. 6-7

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Anacortes‘ 2017 Bier on the Pier will kick off Friday, October 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., and will also take place Saturday, October 7, from Noon to 6 p.m.

The event will be held at the Historic Port Warehouse located at 1st & Commercial, in downtown Anacortes allowing for spectacular views overlooking the Guemes Channel and Mount Baker. More than 30 Washington State breweries, as well as 10 cideries, will share their finest as guests work their way through the six tasting tickets that come with each day’s pass.

For additional information or to purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.

2017 Anacortes Vintage Market: “Falliday” Oct. 20-21

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Sassy Frass Company will present the 2017 Anacortes Vintage Market on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21. “Falliday” is this season’s event theme and it will take place at the Port Transit Event Center at 100 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes.
Tickets are available now and are limited for Friday’s VIP event from 6 to 9 p.m. for $20, which also includes admission cost for Saturday. To attend Saturday only, tickets are $7 and the event is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vendors will be stocked each day with home and garden décor, French antiques, junk salvage, collectibles and more!
A canned good drive will also take place both days, and more information about the event and ticket information can be found online HERE.