In between trips to the vet, you still need to look out for your pet’s health and safety. Halloween festivities are just around the corner, and many pet owners want their companion animals to join in the fun. Here are some tips for keeping your pet safe this Halloween:
- Keep Chocolates and Other Candies Out of the Way
Chocolate treats may be appetizing to you, but they contain a chemical that is toxic to dogs and cats. If your pet accidentally ingests chocolate, you should contact a veterinarian right away.
- Make Sure Your Decorations Are Pet-Proofed
Curious cats and active dogs can easily get into trouble with long electrical cords. Hang lights and other powered decorations away from high-traffic areas. Candles and open flames can also pose a hazard, so make sure that jack-o-lanterns are out of your pet’s reach.
- Be Careful with Costumes
Your pet may look very cute in costume, but keep its comfort in mind. Make sure that any costume does not pinch, catch in fur, or restrict a pet’s movement. Be especially careful with any beads or dangling decorations that could pose a choking hazard.
- Keep Pets Safely Inside
Some friendly and intrepid pets might want to greet trick-or-treaters, or zoom outside to see what all the commotion is about. Keep more enthusiastic pets away from the door when the kids come knocking for their candy.
- Make Sure Your Pet Has Tags
If you take your pet out for a stroll on Halloween or let your pet greet the trick-or-treaters, make sure all tags and contact information are up to date. You should include your pet’s name, your phone number, and the phone number of a trusted vet or animal hospital in case of emergency.
Of course, your pet’s health and well being are important everyday, not just on holidays. Call Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital today at (917) 675-3708 to talk to us about our wide range of state-of-the-art pet care services.