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Tips on keeping your pets safe this Halloween

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 by jronchetto  | Tags: pet safety, holiday tips

Halloween can be fun and festive for people, but for pets it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips from the AVMA to help you ensure that your pet has a happy and safe Halloween.

  • Doggie GhostsDon’t leave your pet outside unattended on Halloween (or on the days preceding or following this holiday). Halloween pranks committed against pets can be vicious, and black cats are particularly at risk.
  • Halloween treats are for people, not pets. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed. Sugar free candies and gum that contain xylitol are toxic to pets and of course keep them out of chocolate which is also toxic! If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  • Keep pumpkins out of reach of curious noses and paws. Pets may knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire.
  • 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.
  • Despite how much fun it is for people, many pets don’t enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween. If you do dress your pet, be sure that its costume doesn’t interfere with the pet’s ability to breathe, see, hear, move, or bark. If your pet doesn’t normally wear clothes, try the costume on several times before Halloween; this will allow your pet to get used to having something on.
  • Take into account your pet’s body temperature in a costume. Several hours of walking in a costume or sitting in the sun could overheat your pet. Southern California can still be hot even in fall, so plan your pet’s costume accordingly.
  • Consider keeping your pet in a separate room, away from the door, when trick-or-treaters arrive. Strange people in even stranger clothes can frighten some pets. Turn on a television or play music to drown out the sounds of trick-or-treaters.
  • Spooky KittenIf your pets are being kenneled, crated or kept in another room give your pets a new treat or toy to occupy their time; you don’t want your pet to feel like they are being punished.
  • When you do answer the door for visitors, make sure that your pet doesn’t suddenly head for the great outdoors. In case your pet does escape, make sure that it is wearing proper identification. Pets with identification are much more likely to be returned to their owners.