How to Have a Pet-Safe Halloween

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With Halloween coming up shortly, it’s important that pet parents pay special attention to food, environment, attire, and recovery. Although the acronym for these tips spells F.E.A.R., you can help your pet avoid it by following the tips described below.

Keep Human Treats Out of Reach

This holiday is all about the candy. While there is nothing wrong with indulging in the occasional treat, it is important not to share any candy with your pet and teach your children not to either. Candy in all forms can be toxic for pets, but artificial sweetener and chocolate are especially problematic. Your pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, a racing heart, or even sudden death. Be sure to dispose of the wrappers in a container that your pet cannot access. They can easily get caught in your pet’s throat and cause an obstruction.

Keep Pets Indoors

Even if your pet is normally outside during the early evening hours, he/she will be safer indoors on Halloween. That way you don’t have to worry about him/her getting lost, stolen, or being the victim of a practical joke. This is especially important if you have a black cat.

Keep in mind that the non-stop door knocking or ringing of the doorbell is likely to cause your pet considerable stress. To avoid behavior problems, prepare a pet-friendly room in your home for him/her before the evening activities get underway.

A Word About Costumes

Some pets want nothing to do with wearing a costume. If your pet is willing to tolerate it, make sure that you choose a safe outfit. It should not cover the eyes, nose, or mouth or restrict movement in any way. Be sure you supervise your pet while he/she is wearing it to prevent a choking hazard or other mishaps.

Plan for the Best and Prepare for the Worst

Pets are naturally quick and curious, which means your animal friend could still get into trouble despite your best prevention efforts. Be sure to jot down the telephone number of the Pet Poison Helpline, which is 855-764-7661. You should also know who to contact in for an after-hours emergency in your own local area.

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