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Halloween Tips for Your Pet

Halloween Tips for Your Pet

October 22, 2014

Halloween is just around the corner, and while this spooky holiday is a hit with the kids, there are a few things pet parent’s need to be aware of to keep our furry companions safe and sound.

  1. Candies are not for pets. Besides giving them a tummy ache, compounds in chocolate and some artificial sweeteners are highly toxic to dogs and cats. Keep loot bags out of reach of animals that may be tempted to snag some goodies for themselves.
  2. Watch your candles. Everyone loves a well done jack-o-lantern, but animals can be injured if they manage to knock over a flame.
  3. Speaking of pumpkins, both corn and pumpkin can cause an upset stomach or potential blockage. Make sure no one is having a nibble when you aren’t looking.
  4. Don’t force a costume. Yes there are pets out there that love being the center of attention, and a silly outfit might be right up their alley, but if your pet seems uncomfortable or stressed in their costume do them a favor and let them shine in their birthday suit.
  5. If your pet falls into the costume loving category make sure that there are no loose pieces that can be bitten off and swallowed. Ensure that it fits appropriately and doesn’t interfere with their breathing, ability to move, or see.
  6. Keep an eye on the door. Even the most stoic pet can begin to get nervous after the doorbell rings for the 15th time in as many minutes. Consider keeping Fido in a room away from the main entrance so they can get some rest. Same goes for kitties - door dashers would have a field day on Halloween - so to keep your indoor cat safe make sure there is no chance of escape.
  7. Don’t forget to ID. If one of your pets makes a break for it, a microchip or other form of identification will help ensure they find their way back to you as fast as possible.
  8. Leave them at home. Bringing your dog out trick or treating might seem like a fun idea, but busy streets filled with people in strange apparel could spook your pup, and might lead to a bite or other unfortunate accident.