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Pet Frights and Halloween

CanadaVet wishes all pet owners and pets a safe and fun Halloween!

Most of us love a good fright at Halloween but the same cannot be said for our furry friends. Here are a few tips on keeping your loved ones safe this Halloween.

Keep your pet away from dangerous foods

Halloween means lots of candy and treats! Chocolate is toxic to animals and can cause very severe problems such as vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Even foods you would not think off such as grapes and raisins can be potentially deadly for dogs. These fruits contain a toxin that can damage a dog's kidneys and cause kidney failure. Candy wrappers such as tin foil or plastic can also cause health problems if eaten by pets. Wrappers may cause obstruction or irritation to the pet's digestive system. Candy and wrappers should be kept out of pets' reach and young children should be taught not to share Halloween goodies with their pet.

Keep your pet indoors

Due to the increased commotion and people around in your neighborhood, outdoor pets should be kept indoors during the days surrounding Halloween. Unsupervised outdoor animals are susceptible to stress, inhumane practical jokes or theft.

Loud and excessive noise created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your cat or dog. Animals should be kept away from the door and out of hearing range of a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children. Unless your pet is very friendly and doesn't mind loud noises, music or lots of people around, they are best kept in a room where they will not be disturbed by noise and activity. A frightened or upset pet may run out the door at the first opportunity and get lost.

Pet-safe your decorations

Be sure decorations are safe from the paws and teeth of curious pets. Crepe paper streamers, fake cobwebs, glow sticks, plastic spiders and cardboard wall hangings can easily be chewed and swallowed, damaging your pet's digestive tract. Curious cats and dogs wagging their tails can tip over the candle in a jack-o-lantern and burn themselves or start a fire. Keep decorations out of animals' reach, and maintain supervision if they play nearby.

Keep your pet away from any fires

Be very, very careful with pets around bonfires. Unfortunately some pets do get too close and that coat can go up in flames. Even the next day when the fire has burnt down, pets may still run through, burning there pads on the hot cinders.

Be cautious with pet costumes

Unless your dog or cat is extremely receptive, dressing up your pet into a superhero, witch, ghost, or goblin can be a stressful and unpleasant experience. Some animals love to dress up, but many others become distressed by it. If your furry friend doesn't mind dressing up, make sure that you select a costume that doesn't restrict his normal movements, breathing or vision. Masks are usually not a good idea. If you restrict your pet's vision they will be very stressed and may become aggressive.

Be responsible when trick-or-treating with your pet

Pets are better off left at home during trick-or-treating excursions. However, if they do tag along, it is best to keep them on a very short leash and harness to keep them from fighting with other animals, eating the treats, becoming victims of practical jokes - as black cats often do - or biting strangers they encounter.

It is recommended to have your pets micro chipped and have an updated identification tag on. Remember to change the contact details each time you move or change phone numbers so that current contact information is always available on your pet.

Get your pet a safe treat

Getting the Halloween treats for your visitors and kids? Don't forget to pick up a box of dog or cat treats for them as well!

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