How to keep your furry friends safe this Halloween

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We all know that it is not just a fun time for kids, but a fun time for our four-legged friends as well. But there are a few things that we need to keep an eye out for while trick-or-treating with our families.

  • Don’t keep pumpkins with fire burning candles on the floor, or in an area that is easy for your pets to knock over. We don’t want anyone getting burnt!
  • Those scary mood lights or decorations you’ve hung can be a great chew toy. Make sure that they are secure/covered to keep those pesky vampire dogs at bay!
  • Doors constantly opening and closing for those cute costumed kiddies can be very stressful for your pets. Loud noises and unfamiliar faces can easily scare pets. Keeping them in a separate room for the night can relieve stress for them and prevent any unwanted growling incidents!
  • Don’t leave your pets outside. Also, consider bringing outdoor cats inside, especially black ones. October can be an unsafe month for pets, as people can tease, steal, injure, or even worse. Don’t take the risk.
  • Dressing up your pets is awesome! But don’t forget about them. Make sure they are comfortable and free to move, breath, and bark/meow. We wouldn’t like being put in a costume that made us feel awful, and neither do they.
  • Keep those Halloween treats out of reach. Chocolate is poison for dogs. If you notice any of the following symptoms please go immediately to your veterinarian. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.

Last, but not least, if you are bringing your four-legged friend out for trick or treating, be sure that they have light reflective collars or clothing. With dimly lit areas and pets being close to the ground, they are very hard to see. Many distractions from decorations and costumes can divert drivers’ and trick-or-treaters’ attention and they may not see your pets. As well, if they somehow get away you want to be able to see/find them.

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