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Team members from Pet Supplies Plus were on WXYZ TV with the latest in pet costumes for this Halloween.

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Get your pet’s picture taken at our Haunted Photo Set. If you dare.

Seren and pupsTrick-or-treaters can have their picture taken at our haunted photo set  featuring Frankenstein and his ghouls.

Donate $5 to get a photo print and $10 for a digital photo flash drive with multiple photos.  All donations go to Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue.

See pictures from our Haunted Photo set 2015.

For more information, call the White Lake store at 248-889-4131 and Bloomfield Twp. store at 248-333-7545.

Photos courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus.

Scary Tails Trick-or-Treat puts a HOWL new spin on BEGGING for TREATS!

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Bring your pets and kids in costume to my White Lake Pet Supplies Plus at 6845 Highland Rd. from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 29 at and to my Bloomfield Twp. Pet Supplies Plus store at 2057 S. Telegraph Rd from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 for our Scary Tails Trick-or-Treat.

We will have begging stations around the stores with species-appropriate treats and food samples for pets along with Halloween candy for kids.  Trick-or-treaters will get a free Pet Supplies Plus begging bag.  Participating brands include:  Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Fromm Family Foods, Merrick, Earthborn Holistic and Pro Pac Ultimates.

IMG_2959All kinds of pets are invited to Scary Tails Trick-or-Treat, but they must be kept from getting loose.  Large pets must be on a maximum six-foot leash;  smaller pets can be paraded in wagons, pet strollers and pet carriers, which can also be part of the pet’s costume.

There is no charge to participate!  For more information, call the White Lake store at 248-889-4131 and Bloomfield Twp. store at 248-333-7545.

Choosing safe Halloween costumes for your pet

Funny dog dressed in alien costume for Halloween

In 2014, Americans spent an estimated $350 million on Halloween costumes for their pets.  (Source: National  Retail Federation)  That’s a lot of costumes.  But how do you know if you are choosing the RIGHT costume?

First of all, keep in mind that some pets are not comfortable in ANY type of costume.  Do not force your pet to wear a costume.  If he or she struggles and tries to get out, or looks stressed or unhappy, you are better off to look at some costume alternatives.  Be sure to follow my blog and watch for a future post on “Fun alternatives to Halloween pet costumes.”

If you think that your pet will tolerate a costume, then make sure that you do not choose one that may cause injury or discomfort.    For example:

  • Avoid any type of face or ear covering like masks that may confuse or disorient your pet.
  • Watch out for ties or decorations that hang down and could trip your pet — or get tangled in their legs..
  • Choose a costume in which your pet can easily stand and move.
  • Avoid costumes that have removable parts – that could fall off — or get chewed off — and potentially choke your pet. Or take off any removable pieces before you use the costume.
  • Avoid costumes that are restrictive in any area of your pet’s body, especially the neck. Always check to make sure you have a loose, comfortable fit around the neck, tail and legs.
  • Choose bright colors so that people can easily see your pet – especially if you are going to be in a crowded or dimly lit place.

See more tips on having a safe Halloween with your pet at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/halloween-safety.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Ready for a Howling good time? Check back for all the GORY DETAILS!

Vendor Halloween display

Flash in her strollerIt’s that time again – and Scary Tails Trick-or Treat is back at my Bloomfield Twp. and White Lake / Highland Rd. stores.

You may have joined us last year for our Halloween celebration for pets and families.  Well, we’ve got another great event planned featuring the same festivities as last year as well as some  NEW surprises. So get ready for another howling good time.

Watch here for all the GORY DETAILS!  

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Photos courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus.

Fun alternatives to Halloween pet costumes

A poodleI have cats at home – and I will tell you, NONE of them will put up with a Halloween costume.

So what do you do if you want to participate in Halloween festivities, but Fluffy or Fido only want to wear his or her birthday suit?

If your pet does not appreciate putting on a costume, don’t. The last thing you want to do is stress out your pet.  Instead, consider these options – – that can be just as fun if not more fun — than a store-bought costume.

  • Look into pet air brushing.

This technique uses pet-safe dyes to “blow” color onto a pet with a small air compressor.   It’s become very popular among pet  groomers and stylists.  This technique is used on dogs and cats and puts color only on the pet’s fur.  Ask your groomer about this technique.

  • Consider colorful holiday-themed bandanas.

If your pet will not tolerate a full costume, maybe he or she will wear a bandana. Bandanas are simply a triangle-shaped piece of fabric that is tied (loosely!) around your pets neck. Visit your local fabric store for colorful holiday-themed fabrics and cut out your own bandana to fit your pet.  Remember to keep the bandana loose enough at the neck – but secure so that it does not drag and trip your pet.

  • Create a human costume with your pet as the “accessory.”

You might forego the pet costume altogether and opt for a costume for yourself that complements your pet.  For example:

  • Have a pet rabbit? Go as Alice in Wonderland.
  • Have a Terrier? Go as Dorothy and Toto.
  • Have a Dalmatian? Go as Cruella de Vil.
  • Have a cat? Go as the crazy cat lady (now that’s an easy one!).

You get the idea!

  • Decorate your pet’s collar, harness or leash

Consider decorating with colorful holiday-themed ribbons, twine or trim. Again, make sure that what you wrap around your pet’s accessories is not restrictive or binding to your pet.   You could even purchase an inexpensive leash and top it with glitter or fake “jewels” or pompoms.  Shop your local dollar or craft store for ideas.

  • Make your pet’s “vehicle” the costume

If you have a smaller pet, you may plan on putting him or her in a wagon, pet stroller or pet carrier.  Decorate the vehicle.  You might use some of the same ideas discussed above for leashes.  Based on the type of pet you have, you might consider a clever theme.  Be creative!

Choosing safe Halloween costumes for your pet

Funny dog dressed in alien costume for Halloween

In 2014, Americans spent an estimated $350 million on Halloween costumes for their pets.  (Source: National  Retail Federation)  That’s a lot of costumes.  But how do you know if you are choosing the RIGHT costume?

First of all, keep in mind that some pets are not comfortable in ANY type of costume.  Do not force your pet to wear a costume.  If he or she struggles and tries to get out, or looks stressed or unhappy, you are better off to look at some costume alternatives.  Be sure to follow my blog and watch for a future post on “Fun alternatives to Halloween pet costumes.”

If you think that your pet will tolerate a costume, then make sure that you do not choose one that may cause injury or discomfort.    For example:

  • Avoid any type of face or ear covering like masks that may confuse or disorient your pet.
  • Watch out for ties or decorations that hang down and could trip your pet — or get tangled in their legs..
  • Choose a costume in which your pet can easily stand and move.
  • Avoid costumes that have removable parts – that could fall off — or get chewed off — and potentially choke your pet. Or take off any removable pieces before you use the costume.
  • Avoid costumes that are restrictive in any area of your pet’s body, especially the neck. Always check to make sure you have a loose, comfortable fit around the neck, tail and legs.
  • Choose bright colors so that people can easily see your pet – especially if you are going to be in a crowded or dimly lit place.

See more tips on having a safe Halloween with your pet at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/halloween-safety.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/