Halloween is a fun time for everyone, with costumes, parties, candies and chocolate treats - fall is in the air, and it is a great time of year! It can be a dangerous time for dogs and cats, however, with many unseen challenges lurking around every corner, waiting like ghouls and goblins... Here are a few tricks that will help make this Halloween safe for your dogs and cats!
Pet costumes are always fun. They can be simple, or very complex, depending on what your dog or cat will let you get away with. While some pets enjoy dressing-up, others can find it stressful. Always make sure your pet tolerates the costume. Never leave your pet unattended with Halloween costumes, and be sure to keep them simple and safe so that your pet will not get twisted, tangled, or injured. When planning a costume for your pet:
Halloween decorations are so much fun, but they can pose a danger to naturally curious pets. They tend to move unexpectedly and make very strange noises. They can be either can be loud and scary, causing pets to become startled, or quite interesting. Never leave pets unattended with Halloween decorations, and when planning decorations, make sure pets can be separated from them when you aren’t home. Dogs and cats might eat the decorations, choke on small pieces, or become easily tangled
Halloween includes coming and going, doorbells ringing, loud noises and unexpected lights and motions. People can be everywhere, children can act erratically, and your pet might not know how to handle these challenges. Here are some tricks that can help decrease anxiety and fear in your pet this Halloween:
While some dogs and cats become fearful and want to hide from the noise and chaos of Halloween, others may become aggressive or excited. When confronted with unexpected noises and actions or people, some dogs or cats will scratch or bite, while others may try to jump on strangers. Some pets may even try and dart out the door while the trick-or-treaters are coming and going.
Chocolate and candy are a danger to pets - dogs are much more prone to eating it, but cats might still chew on the colorful and interesting packaging. Ingesting candy wrappers can lead to choking or obstruction. Keep all candy covered and out of reach of dogs and cats.
Halloween can be so much fun that sometimes we forget to consider our furry friends and what they need. But with a little planning and forethought, Halloween can be a fun holiday can be a safe and stress-free holiday for everyone!
If you notice candy is missing, or you see your dog or cat has eaten it, call your nearest 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic and/or Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) immediately.
Keep in mind they’ll need to know the amount and type of candy eaten. Do not induce vomiting, or give your pet anything orally unless directed by a veterinarian.
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