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Halloween and Pet safety

Halloween is around the corner! 

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Are you prepared to keep your pets safe?

Halloween safety tips: 
  • Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night. With all of the “Clown” pranks we are hearing of, please don’t trust for one minute, that leaving your pets in your backyard is safe.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this. But this week we are talking a heap of chocolate, not just a diminutive bite! Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed as well and usually come hand-in-hand with candy. 
  • Lit pumpkins: Lit candles inside of pumpkins are especially dangerous. A pet can walk past one and set their tail on fire, or knock a candle over, causing a fire. 
  • Don't dress your dog in a costume unless you know he doesn't mind it. Otherwise this can put undue stress on the animal, not to mention; it can be very frightening to your pet. 
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe (choking and flammable.) 
  • Be careful not to obstruct their vision as this can be very dangerous and scary for your pet. Even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can't see what's going on around them! 
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. 
  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door and keep all doggy doors locked! 

Have your pet microchipped if you haven't already. This is added protection of being reunited with a lost pet. 

You will find that all of our recommended veterinarians will assist you with microchipping all of your pets! 
Please don't wait until it's too late.
Wishing you a fun, safe and happy Howl-een! 

Kim MacCrone

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