Halloween can be a very fun family activity. If you have kids, going out Trick-or-Treating is always a blast. If you are staying in and expecting Trick-or-Treaters you can see a whole array of costumes and make-up! With that said, there is a whole lot of candy around, loud noises, doors opening and closing, goblins and witches…all kinds of things to attain interest in your dog or cat!
Here are some good tips for you to take note of if you have a dog or cat so they have just as fun a time as you do on Halloween…and you aren’t having a real scare at a pet emergency room:
1. Keep all candy out of reach.
Most everyone knows that chocolate candy is poisonous to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic. Your dog will surely get sick if he finds the candy bag and digs in. Chocolate poisoning symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and even seizures. SO BEWARE!
2. Keep your pet away from the front door.
Even if you don’t think it will be a problem, your dog or cat just may see someone or some goblin and get spooked! He or she could get injured in the house or more importantly, run out the door while it’s open.
3. Have your pet micro-chipped.
Just in case the worst were to happen, get your pet chipped. It’s cheap and a basically painless procedure. It takes about a second to perform.
4. Keep all Halloween decor out of reach.
Lit pumpkins can make cats curious. They can see a dancing flame and paw at it. A dog might get excited by a doorbell ring and accidentally knock it over.
5. Have a safe costume for your pet.
Any costume that constricts their movements, their sight or hearing should be avoided. You can find something cute and/or funny that is still safe for your pet! Send us a photo on Facebook if you do!
Have a great Halloween everyone!
The Day and Evening Pet Hospital Vets and Staff