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Halloween is a Time for Fun and Pet Safety

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Harvey’s Pet, offers a spooktacular selection of Halloween goodies, while reminding us that the holiday also requires an extra eye toward pet safety.

Johnstown, NY – It’s that time of year again: there’s a new crisp chill to the air, bright multi-hued autumn leaves cover the sidewalks, and we’re all eager to get into the Halloween spirit. It goes without saying that Halloween spirit most definitely includes our best pet friends.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $10.4 billion on Halloween this year — which is an increase of billions compared to last year, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against trick-or-treating because of the pandemic.

More Americans say they plan on celebrating the holiday now that many COVID restrictions are no longer in place and about 65% or Americans say they will celebrate Halloween this year, compared to 58% in 2020. No doubt Halloween wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining and meaningful without including every member of the family, including those with four legs.  Leading New York and online retailer, Harvey’s Pet, offers a spooktacular selection of Halloween goodies for our furry friends and we’ve included some of our favorites here!

Rubie’s Hot Dog Pet Costume; available in sizes S – XL,  $12.99 Now your little frankfurter can show the whole world just how adorable a four-legged hot dog can be! This Hot Dog Pet Costume features a plush soft pullover body suit in the shape of a hot dog with mustard and a bun.

Rubie’s Star Wars Darth Vader Pet Costume with Removable Cape; available in sizes S – XXL, $18.99 Get your little four-legged Sith Lord into character with this Star Wars Darth Vader Pet Costume, consisting of a black jumpsuit with detailed front, detachable cape, and helmet headpiece. Impressive. Most Impressive

Rubie’s Purple Witch Pet Costume Dress and Hat; available in sizes S – XL, $18.99 Don’t let them near the broom! Your fur baby will be flying away with this Purple Witch Pet Costume! With its combination of purple dress with silver trim and a lace up back and matching pointy hat your pet won’t even need any ruby slippers!

Rubie’s Mexican Serape Pet Costume; available in sizes S – XL, $12.99
This Mexican Serape pet costume features a rainbow poncho with front and back pieces that Velcro together for easy on and off; a black and gold sombrero headpiece completes this fun look.

KONG Halloween Wubba Flatz Dracula Plush Dog Toy, $9.49
Spook up your canine companion’s toy bin with the KONG Halloween Wubba Flatz Dracula Dog Toy. This toy is pawfect for pooches who love to play games of fetch and tug-of-war with their favorite toys.

Petlinks Lil Devil 100% Catnip Filled Plush Cat Toy, $4.99 Your cat will be doing the monster-mash with this devilish embroidered super soft cat toy plush filled organic catnip! You won’t have to worry about them waking the dead though! Most cats respond to catnip with a burst of energetic activity followed by a calm sleeping mummy period! All Petlinks catnip is produced without chemicals or pesticides grown in our very own not-so-spooky organic catnip farms!

Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! Pumpkin Pouches for Dogs & Cats; 1.05 oz, $0.75
Weruva’s pumpkin supplement is a great source of healthy fiber to help support your best friend’s digestive system. Pouches are BPA and gluten-free. A supplement fit for the ghost pet of a pumpkin king!

Old Mother Hubbard Baking Co. Fall Faves All-Natural P-Nuttier Dog Biscuits; 16 oz, $5.99
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone and, fortunately for her pooch, found a treasure trove of these delicious oven-baked treats. Old Mother Hubbard Baking Co.’s dog biscuits feature all-natural ingredients, natural flavor with the delicious taste of peanut butter, molasses, apples and carrots, in a fun dog bone shape with a natural crunch your dog will really enjoy. 

Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

According to the ASPCA, numerous popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all its forms – especially dark or baking chocolate – can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets – such as kidney failure. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Jack-o-lanterns with lit candles can be very dangerous for pets. Not only has many a curious kitty or inquisitive dog been unpleasantly surprised by a burned nose or singed whiskers by getting a little too close to our favorite Halloween gourds. Not to mention, a pet can accidentally knock one over and potentially start a fire.

Another thing to keep in mind is that as fun and exciting as Halloween may be for us, for many pets, it’s a holiday that’s nothing less than spine-chilling. 

Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification (microchip, collar with ID tag). With the excitement that trick-or-treaters entail, an excited or frightened pet may dart out the door while you’re distracted by a little goblin or fairy princess.

Lastly, do everything you can to ensure your pets feel safe and relaxed at home on Halloween. Even the most laid back pet can become scared and stressed by doorbells ringing, children screaming, people in costume, and spooky noises, causing your pet to act out in fright. Consider letting your pet relax in a quiet room where they feel safest, turn on some soothing background music, and maybe even consider offering Fido or Whiskers a veterinary-approved treat or tonic to help relax. Halloween should be nothing but fun for everyone – whether they have two legs or four.

About Harvey’s Pet

For more than 34 years, Harvey’s Pet has been a local family-owned business in Johnstown, NY, specializing in high-quality pet food, freshly baked pet treats, and a carefully curated collection of exceptional pet products and supplies. The store’s staff (online, by phone or email, and in-store) is committed to continually learning more about pet care, award-winning pet products, and animal nutrition, so they can provide pet parents with educated recommendations and an unparalleled retail experience. Harvey’s Pet brick-and-mortar location also offers other services such as boarding, daycare, training, grooming, a self-service dog wash, pet adoptions, nutritional counseling, and more. 

To shop for more great gifts for the special four-legged goblin in your life, visit https://harveyspet.com for thousands of other award-winning or hard-to-find goodies. Harvey’s Pet staff can also offer personalized gift suggestions for your best pet friend. Purchase online for in-store pickup, curbside pickup, local same day delivery, no contact delivery, and domestic and international shipping.

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