Halloween is a fun night for kids and can be exciting time for our pets as well. Keeping your pets safe is important. Here are some ways you can do so:
- Please make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag and your correct contact information.
- Another ID is a microchip that way if they slip out of their collar, veterinary hospitals or shelters can scan your pet and contact you via the microchip.
- As trick-or-treaters come and visit you, your pet can sneak out or run away. It may be better to keep your pet confined in a separate area so they can not escape.
- The candy bowl full of candies will be tempting to especially your dog. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs. Unfortunately, now sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you think your pet has ingested, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
- Keep candles away from your pets. they can get burned or knock them down and start a fire.
- Some dogs and cats like to chew on decorations which can cause vomiting or can create foreign body problems where your pet may need surgery.
- If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider returning the costume.