Monday, October 27, 2008
Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is just around the corner! You want to be sure your pets are safe this spooky season. As most pet owners already know all candy, especially chocolate, is very dangerous for cats and dogs. Keep your pets far away from the candy bowl because the cellophane wrappers can be a choking hazard. Popular Halloween decorations such as pumpkins or corn can also be dangerous to your pets. If your pet ingests these, it can cause your pet to have an upset stomach, or even cause intestinal blockage. If you believe your pet has swallowed anything harmful, call your vet right away! Most veterinarians have an emergency phone number that they can be reached at. If you are unable to reach your vet, you can call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. Be very mindful of your pet when you put him in a pet costume. Sure, it may look cute to you, but does your pet enjoy wearing the costume? A restrictive costume can cause even the sweetest animals to be impractical. Make sure the costume is comfortable and does not block your pet’s vision in any way. Also be sure there are no pieces hanging off the costume that your pet could choke on. If you plan on taking your pet trick or treating with you, be sure you equip your pet with the proper identification in case somehow you are separated from him. Take all these safety precautions to ensure you and your pets have a safe and Happy Halloween!