pet safety tips for halloween

We all want to have fun on Halloween, but we also want our pets to stay safe!

Dr. Patrick Mahaney, veterinarian, gives his top 5 tips for keeping your precious pets safe during Halloween festivities.

First of all you should keep all that candy we love so much out of reach of your pet!  Chocolate, sugar, fat, and other ingredients found in Halloween candy can be harmful to your pet.

Next, make sure to avoid stressful Halloween situations.  Sometimes scaring each other is a rush for us, however pets can get very nervous.  If your pet barks excessively, becomes aggressive, hides, or exhibits other behaviors as a result of the many stressors occurring around Halloween, make arrangements so your pet does not have to be around uncomfortable situations.

It is very fun to decorate the house for Halloween, however you have to be careful with these decorations.  It could be smart to switch out real candles for electric ones, and watch out for cords and strings that can cause strangulation or shocks.

When going out or even staying in for Halloween you should always make sure your pet is properly identified.  Make sure to keep a collar on your pet, and if you are nervous you can take the next step and get a microchip implanted into your pet with all of your information.

Finally, while we love to dress up, sometimes our pets do not.  If you do choose to dress your pet up, make sure to keep them under close observation.  Consider that any or all parts of the costume could be ingested.  Also, trim off strings and extra material that could get caught around your pet’s neck or muzzle.

Have fun and stay safe during Halloween!

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