Veterinarian - San Diego
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By Natalie Kushner for Morena Pet Hospital
October 18, 2013
Category: Pet Safety
Tags: pet safety   Halloween  

Every parent knows the rules for keeping their children safe during Halloween, but are you aware as a pet parent how to keep your furry family member safe during the holiday? Use these pet safety “treats” to protect your pets.

·         Keep your pet away from anything they might eat. Everyone knows that chocolate is bad for your pet, but the xylitol in sugar free gum can be just as toxic. The danger doesn’t stop at candy – chewing on costumes, glow sticks, electric cords, decorations, and Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn, can cause gastrointestinal upset and potentially life-threatening blockage.

·         Only use safe, non-toxic costumes for your pet that they like to wear. No, really, they have to like it. Don’t force your dog or cat to wear anything that can restrict their ability to see, hear, breathe, or move. Halloween is already a stressful time, and adding more stress with complicated costumes is not ideal. Always supervise your pet when wearing costumes.

·         Keep your pet secure in a quiet environment.  Noises such as doorbells, shouting, and loud music can be upsetting to animals and add excess anxiety, leading them to bark, chew, or even bite.  With so many strangers coming to the door, your pet may be better off in a comfortable room or crate until things return to normal.

·         Don’t leave your pets outside unsupervised. Pets can be a target to thieves and mean-spirited pranksters. Although reports of stolen pets, such as black cats, are usually exaggerated around Halloween, pets are an easy target in high-traffic neighborhoods visited by lots of strangers. Walk your pet on a leash or use a litter box to deter would-be thieves.

·         Always make sure your pet has proper identification. Most importantly, pets can easily get spooked or over-excited by the commotion of Halloween and escape their homes. At the very minimum, make sure your pet has a pet ID tag updated with current information. The best defense against a lost pet is a microchip which can’t be removed by a cat or dog losing their collar.

Keeping an eye out for these simple safety steps can save an unnecessary trip to the vet. However, at Morena Pet Hospital we’re always ready to provide you with care should your pet need it! If you suspect your pet ingested a toxic substance, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435, and call us immediately about our emergency services.