Keeping Your Pet Safe During Trick-or-Treat [sponsored by Veterinary Healing Center Folsom]
Oct 09, 2015 12:17PM ● Published by David Norby
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Keeping your pet safe during Trick-or-Treat
Halloween night is one of the most hazardous days of the year for our companion animals. Follow these precautionary measures to ensure your pet’s safety this Halloween season!
- Your doorbell might be ringing a lot on Halloween! Consider securing your pet in another room; many pets get excited or upset when the doorbell rings. It’s also very easy for a pet to dart out the open door into a very unsafe situation!
- Your candy bowl probably contains chocolate. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, ingredients that are highly toxic to pets. Also, many candies and gum products contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener. It’s actually a potent pet toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse. Make sure your pet doesn’t have access to the candy bowl!
- Resist the urge to take your pet out trick-or-treating. It might seem like a lot of fun, but there is a significant risk of a pet becoming scared, stressed, overprotective, or even running away in the dark of the night.
- Dressing your pet up in a costume for Halloween? Make sure your furry friend isn’t stressed out by wearing it. Some pets simply don’t like clothing, especially when it fights snugly or is extremely baggy. Also ensure there aren’t any chewable pieces on the costume that your pet could accidentally swallow.
- Be cautious around Halloween decorations, especially those with electrical cords. Some pets will chew on the cords or get tangled up. Secure cords with tape and restrict pets’ access.
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Post information by Veterinary Healing Centers, Brad Cahoon, D.V.M.