Sunday is Halloween, fun for human kids but not always so fun for furkids. Courtesy of thephillydog.com blog, here are several things to remember to keep your pets safe:
1. Keep pets OUT of the candy bowl. Remember, chocolate is toxic to pets. So is xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener found in some sugar-free candies. If your pet swallows something toxic, call poison control at 1-888-426-4435.
2. If your dog hates wearing clothes, then don’t put them in a costume – it’s just too distressing for them. If you do, make sure the costume doesn’t impede their ability to see, breathe and bark. Also make sure that there are no parts of the costume that can be chewed off and swallowed.
3. Watch out for food wrappers, especially tin foil, because they can cause intestinal blockage if swallowed.
4. Keep Halloween decorations out of reach – another favorite to chew, especially pumpkins with candles in them.
5. Trick-or-Treaters – the constant doorbell ringing, coupled with people in scary costumes and yelling can be over-stimulating to a lot of dogs. Keep your dog in another room away from the hustle and bustle, or at least in their crate. In addition, make sure your pet has on their ID tag. With the door being frequently opened to trick-or-treaters, there is the chance that your pet might dart outside and run off.
6. Don’t leave your pets outside. This time of year, animals are often targeted by mischievous and cruel people and end up being the recipients of abuse.