It’s that time of year again when ghosts and goblins will be roaming about in search of tricks, treats, parties and fun. But what about pets? How do they fit into this frightful folly?
Some furry friends are extraordinarily social and want to be in the thick of things with their people. If your furball is well-behaved and trustworthy, she may enjoy some of the merriment, but many other pets will benefit from some extra protection during the boo bazaar. Here are some things to keep in mind to keep your little monsters safe:
No Sweets for the Sweet. Pets and candy (especially chocolate) do not mix. Keep the Halloween bounty stored out of reach of prying paws. If accidental ingestion occurs, contact us immediately for assistance.
Halt the Houdinis. It may be a season for playing tricks, but don’t let your pet pull a vanishing act; always make sure your pets have proper identification such as microchips, and keep excitable pups and curious kitties in a secure space to prevent them from slipping out the door during activities like parties or trick-or-treating.
Festive Flair. Yes, a pet in a costume can be funny and cute, but never force her to wear something she doesn’t want to or do anything to affect her fur, skin or eyes (dyes, makeups, etc.). Additionally, be sure that costumes don’t contain pieces like strings, buttons or decorations that could be chewed off and swallowed. The same goes for decorations around the house; keep them away from pets and consider using battery-operated candles instead of traditional ones.
Halloween should be a fun time, and with a little extra precaution, you can help prevent a real nightmare for yourself and your pet.