Halloween Decorations and Pet Safety

Halloween is drawing near, and you might feel like the most prepared pet owner. You’ve updated your pet’s ID tag or microchip, you’ve done a trial run to make sure your pet’s costume fits, and you’re planning to keep your pet away from the front door and any candy. But have you examined your Fright Night decorations?

Keep these Halloween decorations and accessories out of your pet’s reach (or skip them altogether). The following items are potentially dangerous to pets, according to the American Animal Hospital Association, the Humane Society, and PetMD.

Fire or burn hazards:

  • Electric cords
  • Open flames, like those in a candle or lit pumpkin

Choking risks or dangers to the digestive tract:

  • Batteries
  • Candy wrappers
  • Cardboard wall hangings
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Fake cobwebs
  • Glow sticks
  • Plastic spiders
  • Potpourri
  • Ribbons and strings
  • Rubber eyeballs
  • Strung lights

10 Ways to Comfort and Care for a Senior Pet

Is your pet in its golden years? You two have been through a lot together, and now you want to ensure that your pet is as comfortable and happy as possible. Or perhaps you’ve recently welcomed an older pet into your home – high-paw for you! The most important thing you can do for your senior pet is to schedule regular vet visits. Here are other ideas from PetMD and the AVMA.

1. Exercise

Keep your pet at a healthy weight, improve his mood, and stave off arthritis with exercise. PetMD recommends starting with walks of 10-15 minutes each, then gradually increasing the length. Keep in mind that regular, low-impact exercise is what your pet needs in his golden years, rather than strenuous activity. Consult your veterinarian if your pet has difficulty exercising.

2. Cushioned bedding

Has it been awhile since you updated your pet’s bedding? Remember that elderly pets may need extra or special bedding to cushion their achy joints. Consider an orthopedic pet bed to help soothe your pet’s aches, and make sure he can get in and out of it easily.

3. Heated bedding

While you’re on the search for new pet bedding, what about a pet bed that’s heated? A cozy, gently heated pet bed can provide therapeutic relief for achy elderly pets, or simply a warm place to nestle in during the winter. If an entirely new pet bed is not in your budget, consider a bed warmer, which is placed in the existing pet bed for toasty comfort.

4. Dental care

Take care of your pet’s chompers! If you brush your pet’s teeth regularly, keep up the good work. And if you’ve fallen behind, start with a vet exam and professional cleaning. If your pet can’t stand brushing, consider dental treats and toys.

5. High-quality diet

Feed your dog or cat healthy, nutrient-rich meals that are appropriate for his age and lifestyle. Consult your veterinarian about your pet’s dietary needs and stick to the plan, be it a low-sodium diet or one lower in calories.

6. Mental stimulation

Keep your pet’s mind sharp and prevent boredom with mental stimulation. Teach your pet new, low-impact tricks and engage him in interactive play. If he’s friendly and socialized, let him explore new places where pets are allowed. Stimulate his mind with new toys and food puzzles. Consider replacing old, hard toys with softer yet durable alternatives that are kinder to sensitive teeth and gums.

7. Physical contact

A little affection goes a long way! Boost your pet’s mood and increase the bond between pet and owner with physical contact. In addition to pats, snuggles, and belly rubs, remember to groom your pet to keep him looking and feeling his best.

8. Sweater or coat

Have you long-scoffed at dogs in clothes? Certainly, some breeds tolerate the cold better than others, and canine attire is not right for every dog. But senior pets can struggle with cold temperatures in drafty homes or during short trips outdoors. If your pet can tolerate clothing, he might be more comfortable with that extra insulating layer provided by a sweater or coat. Choose attire that’s easy to wash, and avoid itchy fabrics and ill-fitting garments; make sure your pet can move comfortably and won’t trip.

9. Easy accessibility

Find little ways to make everyday life easier on your senior pet. If she has difficulty climbing onto couches or beds (assuming she’s allowed) or into a vehicle, consider pet stairs or a pet ramp. Even something as simple as moving your cat’s litter box to an easy-to-access area can be helpful.

10. Carpeting over slippery floors

A young, acrobatic pet might rebound quickly from a slip or skid, but don’t expect the same from your senior pet. For him, a fall can be serious and reduce his quality of life. So take some precautionary measures, and add traction to slippery floors with rugs or carpeting. If this isn’t an option, consider outfitting him in non-slip dog socks that have a gripper surface on the bottom.

Pet Safety: Avoiding Autumn Seasonal Hazards

Does it feel like languid summer where you live, or is there a cool fall nip in the air? Perhaps you and your pet are taking advantage of the break in the heat to get active outdoors, or maybe you’re curled up inside, indulging in a new season of television. Autumn poses its particular challenges to pets, just like any season, but with a few precautions, you’ll still have plenty of fall fun. Take a look at these reminders from PetMD and the ASPCA.

Dwindling Daylight

If only fall didn’t come with fewer hours of daylight! Take care when walking your pet, keeping in mind that the reduced light makes it more difficult for drivers to see the two of you. Wear reflective gear and bring along a flashlight; you might even consider a light-up collar for your pet. Ensure that your pet’s tag and/or microchip information is up to date.

School Supplies

You might feel like your dog needs a refresher on what he learned in obedience school, but he certainly doesn’t need any school supplies! Keep glue sticks, markers, and other school supplies out of pets’ reach. Even an item with low toxicity can be harmful in other ways (as a choking hazard or the cause of a blockage).


Don’t let your pet be lured by the sweet taste of antifreeze. This temptation is extremely toxic to pets, even in small amounts. Check your car for leaks, clean up spills immediately, and keep your pet away from areas where antifreeze is stored. Seek veterinary attention if your pet ingests it.


Likewise, rodenticides are toxic to pets and should be used with extreme caution. Place them in an area that is completely inaccessible to pets.


Most mushrooms are not harmful to your pet, but a small percentage of them are toxic. It’s best to remove them from your yard and to keep your curious pet away from an area where mushrooms are growing. Consult your veterinarian immediately if your pet ingests a wild mushroom.

Fleas and Ticks

Just because temperatures dip doesn’t mean it’s safe to stop your pet’s preventative medication. In most areas, autumn is one of the worst seasons for fleas and ticks. Consult your veterinarian, who will probably suggest that you continue your pet’s flea and tick preventatives year round. Follow label instructions carefully, and use only the dosage that is appropriate for your pet.

Cold Weather

Be aware of cold snaps and drops in nighttime temperatures. Ensure outdoor pets have adequate food, water, and shelter. If you take your indoor pet outside, keep in mind that he may not be able to withstand cooler temperatures for long periods of time.

Ultimate Anti-Slip Furniture Protectors

Are even traditional furniture covers no match for your squirmy, overactive ball of fur? Your pet has met its match with the Ultimate Anti-Slip Furniture Protector!

This unique furniture cover has two features to keep it from sliding around: an innovative anti-slip backing and adjustable straps for a secure fit. This easy-on, easy-off, one-piece protector can even be used on leather furniture.

In addition to its anti-slip properties, this cover is water-repellant and soil-resistant, giving your furnishing a defense against stains and pet hair. The microsuede material is box-stitched and available in three colors: dark beige, light chocolate, and slate gray.

Click here to view the Ultimate Anti-Slip Furniture Protectors and sizing/measurement information.

Ultimate Anti Slip Furniture Protector Recliner/Wing Chair

Ultimate Microplush Pet Furniture Cover with Bolster

Has your pet left so much hair or so many snags behind that you’re ready to start a “save my sofa” campaign? First promise: No pets on the couch! Of course, you know that wouldn’t last long, for your furry friend has squirmed his way into your mushy, relenting heart. So be a forgiving pet parent, and let your buddy join you… as long as your sofa is protected with the Ultimate Microplush Pet Furniture Cover with Bolster.

Available in five solid colors, this pet furniture protector is meant to cover only a portion of your sofa. Your pet can collect his fair share of pats and cuddles as he sits next to you on the quilted, water-resistant seat. And if he needs to get his 40 (or 400) winks in, he can rest his head on the bolster or snuggle up next to it. You’ll love the bolstered design too, since it prevents pet hair and dirt from collecting in the crevices of your furnishing.

This bolstered pet furniture cover is available in two sizes: Medium, with a 21”Wx26”L seat and overall measurement of 30”Wx30”Lx6”H; and Large, with a 27”x26”L seat and overall measurement of 46”Wx30”Lx6”H.

When you can convince your pet to hang out in his pet bed (or, more likely, your bed) for awhile, you can wash the cover; simply zip the cover off and machine-wash it on the gentle cycle using cold water.

This unique pet furniture cover can even be monogrammed with your pet’s name! Click here to view and purchase the Ultimate Microplush Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster.

Ultimate Microplush Bolstered Pet Cover

International Assistance Dog Week (August 7-13)

“Paws” and mark your calendar! Next week, August 7-13, is International Assistance Dog Week! During this special week, we recognize hardworking service/assistance dogs and all their contributions.

According to the IADW site, the goals of the week are the following:

  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy trainers and raisers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities

Now is a great time to brush up on service dog etiquette too! Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll show the service dog team respect and courtesy.

Paradise Solid Color and Tropical Pet Furniture Covers

When the summer heat ushers you into the sweet coolness of the indoors, relax in bliss upon a Paradise Furniture Protector. This attractive furniture cover will protect your furnishing from pets, stains, and dirt. There’s no need to fret about your furry pal destroying your furniture; this microfiber polyester cover is water-repellant and soil-resistant.

Paradise Leaf Furniture Protector Parchment Recliner/Wing Chair Paradise Solid Color Furniture Protector Recliner/Wing Chair

The Paradise Pet Furniture Cover has a quilted pattern and covers more than 90% of your furnishing. Straps and D-rings secure the protector—just another reason to de-stress and ignore the summer swelter. Treat yourself to a little slice of paradise with a refreshing watercolor tropical print or a tranquil solid tone: sage, chocolate, or natural. Recliner/wing chair, loveseat, sofa, and extra-long sofa sizes are available. The Paradise Furniture Covers are exclusive designs for Touch of Class®, so you won’t find them anywhere else.

If your dog or cat loves the cover as much as you do, no problem. The Paradise Furniture Protectors are machine washable on the gentle cycle; line dry.

Click here to view the Paradise Furniture Covers and sizing/measurement information.

Click here to view the entire Paradise Collection, including coordinating window treatments and other home decor.

Paradise Pet Furniture Covers

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