Is there anything cuter than a pet dressed up for Halloween? We don’t think so! In fact, we’ll be handing out toys and treats to any furry, four-legged trick-or-treaters who come by the hospital on Oct. 31st! No matter how good your pumpkin pug, cat in the hat or hot dog looks, make sure that the costume allows your pet to move freely. Also, ensure the costume is not too snug to the point of cutting off circulation, or too loose, causing a tripping hazard. Be cautious of parts that can come free and be gobbled up by your pet. And, try your pet’s costume on before Halloween night to make sure it’s the right fit.
You’re likely to get faces (or masks) showing up on your doorstep Halloween night that your pet is not familiar with. The excitement and change of routine can be stressful for pets and result in anxious, fear-related behavior. Try to minimize the contact that your pet has with trick-or-treaters by keeping them in a separate room.
Opening and closing your door on Halloween night may be seen as an invitation by your pet to go exploring or as an escape from all of the excitement. Instead, sit on your step to distribute candy or leave a sign asking trick-or-treaters to knock. Make sure that your pet has a form of identification or microchip just in case, and keep them in a separate room. Identification may help with the safe return of a pet.
For most kids, there’s nothing better than bringing home a haul of candy after trick-or-treating. These treats are delicious for kids, and let’s be honest, we’ve all snuck the odd Reese’s Pieces. However, many of these treats can be poisonous and even deadly for dogs, including chocolate, macadamia nuts, and raisins. Chocolate can cause severe heart and neurological problems when consumed in large amounts. Some sweeteners found in candy and gum can also be toxic to your pets. And remember, the candy wrappers left behind can become choking hazards. So, when your child arrives home with a pillowcase full of treats, or you’ve got leftovers at the end of the night, be sure to put them in a safe place that your pet can’t reach and keep an eye out for any candy left out around the house.
Wishing everyone a Healthy Paws Happy Halloween!
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