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Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween with your pets

Charles City Animal Clinic

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Halloween is a great time year for pets and people. The candy, the costumes, the parties and the happy children. It is a fun tradition, but it is important to remember a few Halloween safety tips to keep your pets happy, healthy and stress-free. These tidbits of advice can ensure that you (and your dog) have a fun (and safe) Halloween.

Avoid Sweets

While you and I may enjoy the occasional candy bar, chocolate in all forms can be deadly for dogs and cats. Tin foil and cellophane wrappers are also dangerous if ingested. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian.

Problem Plants

Pumpkins, hay and cornstalks make great decorations at this time of year but can produce gastrointestinal upset or even intestinal blockage if ingested by pets. Additionally, be sure to keep Halloween decorations safely out of reach, especially jack-o’-lanterns lighted by candles or electrical cords.

Costume Safety

While it’s great fun to dress up for Halloween, be sure your dog or cat is comfortable being in costume. Many pets love the extra attention, but for some it can cause undue stress. Halloween dog costumes should not limit your pet’s ability to see, hear, breathe or move about freely. Avoid costumes with small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces and monitor your pet at all times when he or she is in costume.

Doorbell Blues

Even the most social pets can become stressed out by a sudden influx of trick-or-treaters or party goers. Know your dog or cat’s limitations and provide a safe, quiet space for them to retreat if you plan on entertaining trick-or-treaters or party guests.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween with your pets

Halloween Dog Safety Tips: Keeping It Fun & Safe

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