Make Sure Everyone in the Family Has a Safe and Happy “Howl”oween!

With Halloween coming up next week, we’re sure the costumes are ready, the candy is bought and the pumpkin is carved.  Halloween brings a lot of fun, but it can also bring a lot of hazards for your pets, so it’s important to keep their safety and wellbeing in mind during this time of year.

Keep the candy for the trick-or-treaters: Chocolate in all forms – particularly dark or baking chocolate – can be very dangerous for dogs and cats.  Additionally, candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems for pets, so be sure to keep them out of reach.  Even popular Halloween decorations such as pumpkins and decorative corn, while considered nontoxic, can cause upset stomachs.

Be cautious with candles: We all know that jack-o-lantern looks even spookier with the glow of a candle coming from within, but be sure to exercise caution around pets – they can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire.  Curious kittens especially should be monitored.

Consider the comfort of costumes: While it’s hard to deny the cuteness of a dog dressed as a bumble bee or a cat wearing fairy wings, pet owners have to make sure that costumes are not causing distress or discomfort to their pets.  Make sure that the costume doesn’t restrict their ability to move freely, breathe properly and bark or meow.  Also, make sure there are no loose or small pieces that can easily be swallowed.

Open with caution:  During the time that trick-or-treaters might be knocking on your door and ringing the bell, it might be best to keep your pets in a separate room, so as not to cause too much anxiety and to prevent them from making a quick escape.

 

Remember: If you have an emergency with your pet, call us at (305) 665-2820, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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