Halloween Safety Tips

posted: by: Paula Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Halloween is a time when pet lover's like to show off (or embarrass!) their pets by dressing them up (see our Louie on top of this page!) MWI Animal Health has printed the following American Veterinary Medical Association's tips on how to keep your pet safe at Halloween:
1) Keep pets inside
2) Make sure your pet is properly identified with a microchip, collar and/or ID tag in case it escapes through an open door while you are distracted with trick-or-treaters
3) Don't feed p...ets Halloween candy, especially those which contain chocolate or xylitol
4) Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of pet's reach, and also glow sticks and glow jewelry. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes badly and makes pets salivate excessively and behave strangely
5) Place pet in another room or provide a safe hiding place during trick-or-trick hours if it is wary of strangers or has a tendacy to bite
6) Clients that plan to dress pets in costumes should:
* Make sure the costume fits properly, is comfortable and doesn't have any pieces that can be easily chewed off
* Make sure it doesn't interfere with the pet's sight, hearing, breathing, movement or ability to open its mouth
* Accustom pet to the costume before Halloween
* Never leave the pet unsupervised while it is wearing the costume

Please have a safe Halloween!