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Posted on 10-03-2016
How to Make Halloween Safer for Pets
Halloween can be a spooky experience for humans as well as pets. The AVMA shares these tips on how pet owners can keep their pets happy and safe this Halloween.
- Keep pets inside
- Make sure pet is properly identified with a microchip, collar and/or ID tag in case it escaped through an open door while its owner is distracted with trick-or-treaters.
- Don’t feed pets Halloween candy, especially that which contains chocolate or xylitol.
- 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.
- Place pet in another room or provide a safe hiding place during trick-or-treating hours if it wary of strangers or had a tendency to bite.
- Clients that plan to dress pets in costume should:
- Make sure the costume fits properly, is comfortable and doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be 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.
For more Halloween tips visit:
- A Halloween safety video on the AVMA YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JC8LDtCBYQ
- A podcast, “Halloween Pet Safety Tips”: www.avmamedia.org/display.asp?sid=550%NAME=Halloween_Pet_Safety_Tips
(Information from Messenger October 2016)
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