Hallowe’en Safety for your Pets

By October 10, 2012Uncategorized
Cooper , Carson and Crosby spooking it up!

Safety Tips for Pet Parents:
Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! There are some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet happy and healthy on this spooky holiday.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call us or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Keep a few pet friendly treats on hand such as Royal Canin’s Medi Treats or Medi Chews which are available from the clinic.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Be sure to supervise pets if they are in a room where these decorative items are kept.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4.A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. Costumes can also cause your pet to over heat during the course of the evening. If you do choose to dress your pet up in costume, check them regularly for over heating and always keep water available. Never leave a costumed pet without supervision.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana instead.

7. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. Some pets forget their manners with so many interesting visitors at the door and accidently overwhelm small visitors.

8. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

9. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you . If you take your family pet along trick or treating they must be on a leash to avoid the risk of being hit by cars or disoriented in the dark.

We wish you and your pets a very Happy and Safe Hallowe’en . Be sure to bring your pictures by the clinic for sharing or email them to us at mah@vianet.ca

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