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Halloween Pet Tips

Halloween Pet Tips
Posted on 10/14/2020
Halloween PetsOctober 31st is fast approaching and homes across the city will be celebrating Halloween responsibly this year. For most this a fun and joyous occasion to get in costume, trick or treat or attend a Halloween party. However, the holiday can pose some potential issues for pet owners. Listed below are tips on how to keep your pet safe and how to avoid stressful situations.

Chocolate - Avoid giving your pets any chocolate. Chocolate is extremely toxic to both dogs and cats. It can create serious hazards to your pet's health and in some cases even cause death. Even a little bit of chocolate can make your pet ill.

Candy - Keep your candy secure and away from your pets. Most candies contain xylitol which is highly lethal to animals. Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death.

Front Door - Random strangers dressed in costumes at the front door can be scary and confusing for most dogs. Not to mention that pets can easily escape through an open door. If possible, keep your pet in a safe place. If your dog is crate trained, keep them in their crate or a separate room with a high valued treat or toy to keep them occupied.

Pumpkin KittenJack-O-Lanterns - Avoid fire hazards by placing candles and jack-o-lanterns out of the reach of pets.

Keep Pets Indoors - It is always best to keep your pets indoor while trick or treating is underway. Pets left outside are exposed to constant groups of people which can create stress and fear. In addition, keeping your pet inside protects them for any potential tricksters that might target your pet.

Dog Costumes - Be considerate of your dog's needs if you decided to place them in a costume. Dog costumes should allow for plenty of movement and should not restrict their sight, hearing or cause difficulty breathing. Never force a pet into a costume as this can create a traumatic experience and could quickly escalate into a potential bite.

Dog Walks - Take your dog for a walk before trick or treating begins to avoid any stressful encounters or situations.

Trick or Treating - It is highly recommended to not take your dog along for trick or treating. As mentioned above, large groups of strangers dressed in costumes can be scary and stressful for many dogs.

With these tips in mind, you and your pet should be able to enjoy the Halloween festivities worry free.

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