Keeping Your Dog Healthy For Halloween & Beyond.

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One thing I’ve learned in all my years of kid and dog parenting, is that kids and dogs like treats.

Purina Beyond (That’s her begging for treats face)

And that although dogs like treats, they should NOT have the treats your kids have, especially this time of year. I’m looking at YOU, Halloween candy, cupcakes, cookies and more. Luckily, there’s something just for them and built just for them.

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Athena is the most interesting dog I’ve ever had, and by interesting – I mean she’s polite, dainty, picky, loyal, aiming to please and wonderful in nearly every way. I’m not going to say every other dog I’ve ever had has been a slobbering monster, but it’s interesting to have a dog who doesn’t just gulp down food or treats. Instead, she analyzes its worth. I like to pretend that she only wants healthy and natural snacks and will settle for nothing less. That’s why I go to the Target pet care section (well there are a million reasons I go to Target) and I buy her Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks

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Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks are perfect for our healthy, active, family, rescue, weirdly polite little girl. They even pass her rigorous standards, and they pass mine too because they’re crafted in small batches and grain free. Not only that, chicken is the #1 ingredient, there’s no corn, wheat or soy, there’s no poultry or by-product meal, no artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, and the company doesn’t make any false claims about the product. The treats are crafted in Arkansas, which is not horribly far from where our Alabama girl was born and rescued before she was ours.

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Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks are a year-round snack to fit into Athena’s normal and healthy routine. That said, with it being Halloween, here are some safety tips to follow for your pets:

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  1. Keep that treat bowl out of reach! There are many treats that can sicken or kill your dog, including chocolate (especially dark chocolate), hard candy, raisins and grapes, macadamia nuts, xylitol and more.

  2. Educate your children about keeping treats from dogs. I never let down my guard, but there are conversations we have about what can hurt Athena with both kids and Scarlet (age 6) knows how important it is to protect the dog.

  3. Keep your dog away from the front door! My lovely, polite and wonderful dog is also a top-notch escape artist. Many a times, we have chased her around and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.

  4. Don’t take your dog trick-or-treating. You never really know how your dog will react to strangers in costumes. Just like your kids! Also, there are ample opportunities to steal candy and/or run away when trick-or-treating.

  5. Make sure your dog’s ID is current. Athena has a microchip, and we have to make sure the contact information is current, and that she’s wearing her ID tag on her collar. If she does escape, we want people to know she’s ours.

  6. Beware of electrical wires and cords. In this house, we do put out Halloween lights and decorations, but Athena goes on little chewing binges if we’re not careful. An electrical shock is very dangerous to dogs.

  7. Give them their own treats, of course. Why would Athena feel left out out about the candy bars, when she has her own special bag of goodness?

Right now: Target Cartwheel URL offer: 10% off Purina Beyond Dog Snacks at Target, available from 10/4-10/31.

So how would Purina Beyond Snacks found at Target fit into your dog’s snacking routine?

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    1. I want a cat! Let’s trade? Just kidding, but mainly, I want both. I’m on the waiting list for a little tiny gray bundle of adorable. She’s not ready yet to leave her foster home. They say two pounds.

  1. These are all great tips! I wouldn’t even imagine bringing my little furry fella along for Trick or Treating, he’s not the best on a leash. BUUUUT he’s cute 🙂 I think he’d make a fine Yoda.

    1. I expect to see photos then!! Athena is not great on a leash, to be honest. That’s one of the few things she doesn’t do well and that’s parental fault!

    1. That’s still a good-sized condo, but I get it. We didn’t get a dog until we moved here! And she has a lot of room to roam. I hope you get a dog someday!

  2. One Halloween somehow our Zoe got a hold of an entire bag od Reese’s! We caught her after about 10 and I was so worried! Luckily she was OK, but you are so right we have to watch our puppy friends during this holiday! I like the sound of your dog being dainty. Mine is a slobbering, eat anything kind of girl 🙂

    1. Oh no! Poor Zoe! And yes, mostly those things turn out ok. I’m so glad.
      I’m laughing at your description, though. Most of my dogs have been like that. Athena just grazes all day. Then other dogs come over and eat all her food!

  3. My little dog once ate a whole batch of Ghiardelli brownies. We spent the night in the doggie ER, with her throwing up. It was awful. You’d think she would have learned to avoid chocolate from that episode, but no. Halloween was always a tricky time!

  4. Athena is so regal! Nellie’s “I want a treat face” is much more desperate looking.

    I always knew chocolate was bad for dogs, but did you know that onions are too? We learned that the hard way, although it was harder on Nellie than it was for us. All is good now, and I don’t think we’ll run into onions in Halloween candy…

    1. haha, she is regal! She’s something else.
      I didn’t know that about onions, and I really hate them, so they’re not really around here very often. I guess it’s a blessing for us all, even the dog!

  5. Seriously, you have THE most photogenic dog. Which is fitting for you! My Abby is a lab, and they are not discerning or dainty when they eat. She does love her treats! I’ll check these out.

  6. I don’t have a dog (or a pet actually) so I would never have thought about dogs getting into the Halloween treats! I can only imagine that that would not go down well.

  7. I’m saving this in my faves folder. I don’t have a dog, but I know it’s on the horizon. I have to do it, The kids want it. Barrett needs it, and I just have to mentally get there, you know?

  8. Our dogs LOVE these treats! I mean, they love all treats, don’t get me wrong. But they go nuts over these! Luckily for us, the neighborhood isn’t big into Trick or Treating so we can just turn off our light and the dogs can stay inside and everyone is happy.

    1. haha, I get it about dogs loving all treats. These are awesome, though! I love the packaging too. Sounds like you have a good Halloween plan figured out!

  9. How did I miss this post? Madison just said “I don’t want that dog”, poor Athena, and she looked so cute in her pics too. We use treats for training and occasionally for just because. I will have to check this one out for both of our dogs.

  10. Educating children about not feeding the pet human treats is a must. My pets will literally eat anything if you let them.

    1. I think it’s easy to forget that they’re also there, and holidays are crazy with foods dogs shouldn’t eat, and doors opening and closing!

  11. You really have those skull decors? SO COOL!!! Athena is like the opposite of our dog. He’s a lost dog and just showed up on our house months ago but he doesn’t have manners. I mean dog manners like Athena. Like he just eats whatever he can see including wrappers and plastics and my slippers! We have to watch out and teach him more and I’m not a pet person so I leave the job (usually) to my husband. 🙂

    1. Yes! The UPS man came yesterday to drop off a vacuum and he said, “I love your skulls!” They are very cool. I think we got them on discount after Halloween one year. Too bad no one sees our house, though! We live in the woods!
      You took in a stray? That’s awesome!

  12. Those are some adorable pictures of Athena! It’s important to remember that safety on Halloween isn’t just about the kids…though that’s admittedly the first thing I think of! These look like they could be a fun Christmas treat to get my sister’s dog this year.

    1. Yes!! They say her mother was a purebred black and white husky and her father a basenji. I seriously mostly see basenji! His genes were strong! The only husky in her is her tail, her eyes, and the fact that she can bark.

      1. We have a dog that looks part basinji but seriously we have no clue what she is. Either way your dog is stunning

        1. I really want to do one of those DNA tests that tell all the breeds! Our vet thinks she’s part Shiba Inu and people always think she’s a red fox. I really think she’s the husky and basenji, though. And I LOVE the basenji personality. So glad she got that because I’ve had huskies.. and.. I’d rather have a basenji!

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