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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

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

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.

Keep pumpkins and candles 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. 

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 - can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing Xylitol, the artificial sweetener, can be harmful. Make sure that all candies are kept away from your furry family members, as well as any 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.

Think twice about having your pet wear a costume

Some pets may enjoy being a dinosaur or a beautiful butterfly and being in the spot light, but many don't. Experiment first to see if your pet likes dressing up. If they show resistance, you may want to consider not putting them in a costume. There is enough stress and confusion without being trapped in clothes. If your pet seems to enjoy dressing up, make sure the costume is safe. It should not constrict the animal's movement, hearing or sight or impede their 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 your pets restrained during peak Trick or Treating hours

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. 

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 scary masks can be unpredictable. 

ID please

Always make 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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