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Halloween and Pets – Have Fun and STAY SAFE!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Every Halloween we hear of those sad cases animals being intentionally hurt or accidentally injured or killed through carelessness or inexperience. That’s why on the run up to Halloween we always like to do a re-cap of the basic do’s and don’t’s – better to be safe than sorry.

Halloween can be a scary time for pets – fireworks, noisy kids in scary masks knocking at the door, bonfires…. Loud noises like fireworks can cause pets to panic and run, sometimes ending up in road traffic accidents or simply getting lost and never finding their way home. Make sure your pet has somewhere in your home that they can go to feel safe if they are not happy. Ideally with something over their head to make them feel secure so in a covered crate, under a bed or even in a boiler room where the noise can be drowned out is helpful.

Do your best to keep them calm and feeling safe and it is imperative to keep your dog or cat SAFELY INDOORS in the run up to and on Halloween night.

You should always make sure your pet has a microchip and is wearing a collar and ID tag at all times so they can be identified, regardless of the season.

If your cat is usually outdoors, we have plenty of cat toys available to keep him happily entertained inside. For dogs, try to get them used to loud noises as much as possible, turn the tv or radio up a little louder than usual and give lots of cuddles and dog treats as a reward for NOT barking at the noise, try not to “reward” the scared behavior itself though as this may encourage it.

DAP (dog appeasing pheremone) diffusers can also help de-stress your pets, as can our bestselling Sleepy Time Tonic.

Not all pets are bothered by fireworks and can really enjoy Halloween. If they are happy to play along why not include them in the fun with their very own Pet Costume? We have lots to choose from. Lots of pets (including Molly) are more than happy to dress up and really enjoy the attention but please don’t force your pet to dress up if they don’t want to.

On the night, don’t forget that chocolate and any sweets containing xylotol are poisonous for pets so keep them well out of their reach; that also includes any foil sweet wrappers that could cause a blockage if ingested. We have a wide range of dog treats and cat treats to choose from if you want them to join in the snacking.

Make sure there are no lit candles at “tail swatting” height or where your cat likes to jump up, unfortunately many fires start this way on Halloween. If you are carving a pumpkin please, please make sure there is no space for a kitten to climb into and singe their fur.

For more tips on pet health, pet costumes and lots more please subscribe to our blog.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Claire & Molly

Some Tips on Choosing a Puppy – Part 1

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

We are lucky enough here at Mollys that a good chunk of our time in the store is spent with new puppies, answering questions for first time owners on getting started and helping them choose the right food, bed, toys, a suitable collar etc.. its really great fun and we love it! :)

We often get asked the same things over and over so I thought it may be useful for our online readers to post them to our blog.
Choosing to share your life with an animal is a huge commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Therefore before we even get started on the topics of rescue vs breeder, what size or breed is right for you and so on, you need to sit down with the whole family to discuss the following:

1. Can we afford a dog?

Costs include food, grooming (depending on the breed, some coats need maintenance every 5 weeks!) , insurance, vaccinations, kenneling while on holidays, medication if they get sick or injured, daycare if you work long hours (more on this later) toys… the list goes on!

2. Are we willing to commit to a dog for life?

I’m saying dog as they don’t stay cute little puppies for very long. Are the kids pressuring you as they want a “puppy” to play with, or are you all willing to care for a dog for the next possibly 15 years or so of its life? Dogs are not disposable, they are no doubt a joy but you have to be willing to be a responsible owner, even if the kids get bored.

3. Are we willing to train, play with, spend time with and EXERCISE a dog every day?

Oh and they poop too, that needs picking up both on walks and around the back garden.

4. Do we physically have enough space in the house for a dog?

If renting, are pets allowed? how easy is it to find places that do allow pets if we decide to move?

If you have answered yes to all of the above (or even better, YES!! Definitely!!!) then congratulations on making an informed and well thought out decision to become a dog owner! Please check back soon for part two of our tips on choosing a puppy.

Keeping your pets safe this Halloween

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Pumpkin+Chainsaw+Incident
Halloween can be a scary time for pets too, but not in a fun way.
Us humans jump when we hear an unexpected firework go off, imaging how scary it must be for a dog or cat who doesn’t know what the noise is! Add in noisy kids dressed in scary costumes knocking on the door, bonfires and lots of extra activity in the neighborhood and no wonder you have a confused and freaked out pet on your hands.

cowdog harness

During the season, it is imperative to keep your dog or cat SAFELY INDOORS in the run up to and on Halloween night. Unfortunately, every year there are stories of much loved pets that have fallen into the wrong hands on Halloween night. Apart from that, loud noises like fireworks can cause pets to panic and run, sometimes ending up in road traffic accidents or simply getting lost and never finding their way home. Even Wonder Woman dog can’t save them then!

wonder woman dog
You should always make sure your pet has a microchip and is wearing a collar and ID tag at all times so they can be identified, regardless of the season!

If your cat is usually outdoors, a good quality catnip toy such as the YEEOOOW! range of premium catnip toys available from Mollys.ie will keep him happily entertained inside. For dogs, try to get them used to loud noises as much as possible, turn the tv or radio up a little louder than usual and give lots of cuddles and treats as a reward for not barking at the noise. I got one of my dogs over an emerging firework fear by sprinkling grated cheese on the floor every time a bang went off, he was too busy hoovering up the cheese to worry about the noise! Both dogs and cats feel safer with something over their heads so make sure there are plenty of hiding places available; under beds or tables, and in airing cupboards for cats. DAP (dog appeasing pheremone) diffusers can also help de-stress your pets, as can sprinkling a little rescue remedy in their water.

Purple Pimp Pooch

A lot of pets can really enjoy Halloween, personally I like to have a party on Halloween night and include my pets in the fun. They wear funny costumes like the humans and luckily, the noise of the fireworks doesn’t bother them. The most important thing to remember about costumes is don’t force your pet to dress up if they don’t want to. Its not fair to stress them out just for the sake of a few funny photos. How will you know if they like it on not? Believe me, the look on their faces will let you know right away! 😉

 

chocolate eclair

 

On the night, don’t forget that chocolate and any sweets containing xylotol are poisonous for pets so keep them well out of their reach; that also includes any foil sweet wrappers that could cause a blockage if ingested. Make sure there are no lit candles at “tail swatting” height or where your cat likes to jump up, unfortunately many fires start this way on Halloween. If you are carving a pumpkin please, please make sure there is no space for a kitten to climb into and singe her fur!

For more tips on petcare, interactive toys, pet costumes and lots more subscribe to our blog!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Claire & Molly

Puppy Parties at Mollys!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

puppy

After a short break to accommodate the madness getting ready for Pet Expo,  our monthly puppy parties are back!

Socialising your puppy with other people and animals is imperative to your new family member’s development. A well socialised puppy is a happy puppy!

If you have a new puppy and would like to come along and socialise with other puppies and their owners, email us [email protected] and we’ll get back to you. We group our puppy VIP’s according to size and age so that they can have the best possible time.

We will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about your new family member and best of all, we all get to play with puppies!

***Please note that all puppies must have their vaccinations up to date to attend one of our parties. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unattended children will be given an espresso and a puppy to take home!*

*Not really, but they do need an adult with them to attend the event!  😉

The Pets Corner at The Family Show this weekend!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Our friends at Pet Expo will be hosting a Pets Corner at The Family Show this weekend at the RDS, Dublin. Dogs Trust will be there offering some practical advice on adoption and caring for your pets and there will be lots of other fun stuff too. Some of our fabulous products will be on display as well as entry forms for THE MOLLYS.IE VIP LOUNGE at Pet Expo Munster next month. We are running a competition to find some Very Important Pets (VIP’s!) to get some star treatment at Pet Expo. If you can’t make it down to the Family Show don’t worry, full details of how to enter will be posted here soon!