Make Halloween a Paws-itive day for your Pets!
Halloween may be fun for children and adults, but our pets may have a different outlook. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe and happy this Halloween:
- Keep your pets indoors on Halloween night. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, make sure that your cat or dog does not dart outside. It may be best to keep them in a separate room away from the front door during peak visiting hours to limit stress, anxiety and any possibility of escaping.
- Don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know they like it. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume is safe and comfortable. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his or her ability to breathe, bark or meow.
- If you have friends over who know your pets, your pets may not recognize them in costume and may react as if they are strangers.
- Keep Halloween candy—particularly chocolate—away from your pets. It can lead to illness and can potentially be fatal. If your pet does ingest chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately. Also, be careful with tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers. Ingesting these can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
- Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar with ID tags and a microchip can increase the chances that he or she will be reunited with you.
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