Skip to main content

Halloween Safety Tips




We've put together this list of tips to keep your cat, dog, or other pets safe during this haunted holiday.



DO protect pets from pranks. Don’t leave animals unattended outdoors on Halloween, the day before, or the day after. Cruel pranksters can hurt your animals, especially black cats.
DON’T feed candy to animals. Treats that are delicious for children and adults can be harmful or fatal to pets. They can choke on the wrappers, and chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
DO keep pets away from lit pumpkins. Spooky colored candles and jack o’ lanterns can singe pets’ noses and light fur on fire. Keep animals and lit objects apart. This goes for artificial lights as well, such as electric votives and glow sticks. If ingested, glow sticks can cause pain and irritation, as well as profuse drooling and foaming in the mouth.
DON’T put a reluctant pet in a Halloween costume. Some pets don’t mind a few Halloween accessories but don’t force an anxious animal into an outfit. Make sure any Halloween clothes let your pet breathe, hear, see, and move freely.
DO license your pet early. You can do your best to keep your pet indoors this Halloween, but your cat or dog may speed past a gaggle of candy-seeking kids into the night. Be sure you’ve registered your pet with the city and attached up-to-date identification tags to your pet’s collar.
DON’T mix pets and trick-or-treaters at the front door. Cats and dogs can frighten children, and vice versa. Put your pets behind a closed door when costumed kids come knocking. This will also prevent your pet from bolting outside during the many times the front door is opened and closed.
IF YOU WON'T BE HOME with your pet(s) this Halloween, be sure they’re comfortable in the house. There may be a lot of doorbell ringing, screaming children and noises that can spook pets. Consider keeping cats and dogs in rooms in the back of the house and turning on some background noise like a radio or TV.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Veterinary Technician Week

Veterinary Technicians play a vital role in your pet’s health. Without Veterinary Technicians, veterinary practices would not function as they do today.


Veterinary Technicians and Nurses undergo rigorous training in animal care and handling, laboratory testing, radiography, surgical and anesthetic procedures, nursing care, and many other technical procedures and practices. But what exactly does a Veterinary Technician or Nurse do in the practice?  They perform many of the same tasks that nurses, laboratory technicians, and other specialized technologists provide to people. Check out this list below of just some (not all!) of a Veterinary Technician's daily duties:  Often, Veterinary Technicians are the first point of contact with the patient or client, discussing the medical issue that has brought the client to the practice.They collect a patient’s medical history by carefully asking all the right questions, obtain vital signs, and collect blood or urine samples for laboratory testing…

8 Tips For Coping With Age-Related Hearing Loss

We share ideas from Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIMon how to care for your senior dog with hearing loss. 

The most common form of deafness in dogs is age-related hearing loss (ARHL). Most dogs experience some degree of ARHL, beginning sometime during their “third trimester” of life. ARHL begins by impairing perception of middle to high frequency sounds, but encompasses the entire range of sound frequencies as it progresses. 

It is suspected that most people don’t recognize their dog’s hearing loss until it is almost, if not fully, complete. They may mistakenly interpret their dog’s partial hearing loss as a behavioral issue, sometimes referred to as “selective hearing.” 

How you can help your dog with hearing loss?
Observing your beloved dog become less responsive because of hearing loss can evoke a laundry list of emotions such as sadness, frustration, and discouragement. While there may not be a good way to restore your dog’s hearing, here are eight things you can do to make a positive diffe…