Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tips for a Happy, Healthy and Totally Pawsome Halloween

Woof! Happy Halloween, friends!                               
Howl-o-Ween…err, Halloween!…is almost here! Are you and your four-legged friends excited? I sure am! I’m ready for thrills, chills, and those spooky things that go bump in the night!
Lucky for me, my humans are ready to keep me happy and healthy as the Trick-or-Treating fun begins. 
Here are 6 tips to keep your pets safe on October 31:
  1. Trick? No treat! Me and my doggie friends will always do a trick for a treat, but make sure to keep that bowl of candy away from us! Chocolate in any form is dangerous for pets, and so are sugar-free candies that include Xylitol. And don’t forget: if you’re having a party, keep alcohol and human food out of the reach of your four-legged friends! They can make us sick as a…err…dog!
  2. Best Dressed! Who doesn’t love the overwhelming cuteness of a pet in costume (or Halloween PJs!)? Just remember that what is cute and fun to you may not be so fun for your four-legged friends. Sometimes, we can get stressed out by costumes that obstruct our vision, movement or hearing. Also, make sure that the costume you pick isn’t too tight around our necks or has anything we can chew off. We pets definitely want to look and feel our best, and we need your help to do that!
  3. Dark Knight’s more than just my name! It’s what Halloween is…a dark night! If you decide to take your four-legged family member trick-or-treating with you, take a minute to put some reflective tape on their leash, collar, or costume. It’s a good idea to put some on your human kid’s costume, too, just to make sure everyone stays safe!
  4. Who’s that? When that doorbell rings, my sister and I go running! If your pets are the same way, make sure to be careful when opening the door for trick-or-treaters! You don’t want your pets to dart out. If your pets become stressed easily, you might consider giving your them a Halloween treat in a room closed off from the chaos (click here for a dog-friendly treat recipe that could double as a trick!).
  5. Please ID! Make sure that your furry friends are wearing collars and tags, and don’t forget to make sure your microchip information is up-to-date. If your pets aren’t chipped, don’t wait! A visit to The Animal Samaritans clinic to get a microchip will increase your chances of finding your pet if he or she is lost later.
  6. Decorations can be more than just spooky! Pumpkins, gourds and decorative corn can upset our stomach if we munch on them, so keep them out of reach. Consider lighting your Jack-o-Lantern with an electric candle to keep us from getting burned. Don’t forget: electrical cords and lights should also be kept out of reach of your furry friends!
I think that about covers it! Be cautious you and your pets will have a pawsome Halloween! And if you run into any problems or think your pet might have ingested something potentially poisonous, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435.
Here’s to a night of fun!

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