How to have a Happy Howl-o-ween!

posted on October 03, 2014 by Dr. Jamie Hartman

Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for family, but can present some safety concerns for our furry friends.  Follow the below tips to make sure your pets are safe this holiday season!

  • Make sure all pets have identification on.  Permanent identification such as a microchip is better than a collar, which could get lost.
  • Keep wires and cords for lights and decorations safely out of reach.
  • Carving pumpkins can be great fun, but skip the candles.  Pets can be curious or accidentally knock over the pumpkins which could cause them to get burned or cause damage.
  • On the subject of pumpkins, pumpkins and corn are not toxic, but ingesting them can lead to obstructions, so keep pets out of outdoor decorations.
  • Candy such as chocolate or sugar free candies can be toxic to pets, so keep out of their reach.
  • Outdoor cats should be kept inside for a few days before and after Halloween due to the high traffic.
  • Indoor pets and pets in yard should be kept away from doors and gates which could be opened by visitors allowing them to get out and even lost.
  • Unless you know your pet does very well with strange people, people in costumes, and other pets, it might be better for them to stay at home while you trick or treat.  This holiday can be very overwhelming for even the best socialized pets.
  • Fog machines can be irritating to pets’ lungs and eyes as they are closer to the ground where the smoke lingers.
  • Lastly, if you are putting your pet into costume, make sure there are no pieces that are easily chewed off, that it fits appropriately to prevent injury, and that they are supervised while wearing it.

Hopefully with these tips all can enjoy a Happy Halloween!

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