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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety tips

It's that time of year again when the witches and ghosts come knocking on your door begging for sweets. Unfortunately, your pets don't understand the meaning of Halloween and may be frightened by the sight of strange costumes and the sounds and screams of happy children. The following tips will help keep you and your pets safe this year.

Keep candy away from pets

A bowl of candies are for the vampires and robots, not for your pets! Chocolate in all forms - especially dark or baking chocolate - can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing Xylitol, the artificial sweetener, can also be harmful. Make sure that all candies are kept away from your furry family members, as well as discarded candy wrappers. If you feel your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact us at 239-481-3525 or Poison Control at 1-800-426-4435.

Keep candles and pumpkins where pets can't reach them 

A carved pumpkin sure is fun and festive, but a dog's or cat's tail can easily knock it over in a moment of excitement. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. Place your pumpkins in an area where they are out of reach of your pets. 

Decorate with caution

Wires or cords from lights and other decor should be kept away from your pets. If chewed, your pet could suffer burns or receive a life threatening electrical shock.

Think twice about having your pet wear a costume

Some pets may enjoy being a dinosaur or beautiful butterfly and being in the spotlight, but many don't. Experiment first to see if your pet likes dressing up. If they show resistance, don't do it. There is enough stress and confusion without wearing a costume. If your pet seems to enjoy dressing up, make sure the costume is safe. It should not constrict the animal's movement, hearing and sight or impede the ability to breathe. Take a close look at the costume. Be sure there isn't anything small that can be chewed off and swallowed. 

Keep pets inside the house

Bring dogs inside, even if you have a fenced in yard or invisible fence. Pranksters love to tease dogs, or even be cruel, so protect them by keeping them in a safe place. 

Keep your pets restrained during peak Trick or Treating hours

It's best to keep pets in a separate room away from the front door. If you do allow them to greet the ghouls and goblins, make sure to keep them on a leash. A dog's behavior when they see children in masks can be unpredictable.

ID please

Always be sure your cats and dogs have proper identification in case they do escape from the scariness of the monsters.

Have A Safe And Happy Halloween!

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