Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween
Trick-or-Treat! Did you know that for your four-legged pal a “treat” can become a terrible – even deadly – “trick?” Some pets live for the excitement of the holidays but many others do not. It’s our job as caretakers to be aware of their personalities and how they may react to things. Visitors, people roaming the streets in scary costumes, kids screaming and howling can all have a lasting negative effect on your pet. Here are some safety tips to follow during Halloween:
- Don’t leave your pets in the yard. There are many stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on Halloween. This time of year can be especially deadly for black cats. If you can’t keep them secure in your house, consider boarding them for the night.
- No candy. As much as they may beg, remember that chocolate is dangerous. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, even seizures. Candies containing xylitol can be poisonous, even in small amounts. Ingesting tin foil or cellophane wrappers can cause an intestinal blockage. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, call the Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.
- Watch lit pumpkins. Pets can knock them over causing a fire, or run the risk of getting burned.
- Dressing your pet up can be stressful. Make sure the costume isn’t constricting or unsafe. Don’t obstruct their vision. Even the sweetest dog can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them. If he doesn’t act like his normal happy, tail-wagging self in costume, take it off!
- Keep pets in a separate room during trick-or-treating hours. Strangers in costumes can be scary. Plus, when the door opens you run the risk of your cat or dog darting outside.
- Be sure your pet’s collars and IDs are secure. Even if they don’t normally wear one, this would be an important night to do so. If there is an accidental escape, identification will increase the chances of them getting home.
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