Don't Forget About Pet Safety This Halloween

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You and your children know that Halloween is just a fun holiday to dress up in costumes and get a lot of treats. However, your pets have no way of understanding this. To them, Halloween can be stressful and confusing. There’s a steady stream of people at the front door, but they don’t look like people at all. Even before October 31 arrives, your dog or cat is sure to notice the treats and decorations that he’s not supposed to touch. The good news is that you can take several actions to reduce your pet’s anxiety and increase his safety on this holiday.
Secure Your Pet at Home
Many people like to take their dog with them everywhere they go, but Halloween night is one time when your dog should stay home. Taking her along while trick-or-treating could cause behavior issues that you didn’t expect because she doesn’t know what to make of everything. The last thing you want is for your dog to attack a child or to run away from you in fear.
On Halloween night, we recommend preparing a quiet, comfortable room in your home for your pet that’s far away from the front door. That way, your dog won’t bark with every knock at the door and your cat won’t run and hide. 
Keeping your pet safe at home also protects him from people who steal animals or play pranks on Halloween night. This is especially common with black cats. In fact, animal shelters put a temporary ban on adoption of black cats on and around Halloween for this reason. It’s always a good idea to make sure your pet has microchip identification in case he does slip out the door.
Don’t Give Animals Treats Meant for Humans
It’s hard to resist those sad eyes looking up at you or hear the whine of a pet who wants to share your treat. Your dog or cat doesn’t understand that artificial sweetener, chocolate, and other common ingredients in Halloween candy can make her seriously ill. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and low energy. Seizures and breathing difficulty are some of the more serious effects of consuming candy. If you really want to share a treat with your pet, consider ordering from our online store. This ensures that your pet receives a safe treat made just for his species.
Decorations Can Create a Choking or Fire Hazard
Placing a lit candle in a pumpkin where a pet can get at it is never a good idea. It only takes an enthusiastic tail wag from a dog to knock it over or a cat sniffing at it to burn her face. If you want to light a jack-o-lantern, be sure to use a non-flammable light source instead. Additionally, keep all decorations out of your pet’s reach. His curiosity could cause him to chew and possibly choke on them.
Should Your Pet Wear a Halloween Costume?
Few things are as adorable as children and pets in Halloween costumes. If you do choose to buy or make a costume for your pet, it shouldn’t cover his mouth, nose, or eyes. He should also be able to move freely while wearing it. For safety’s sake, plan to supervise your pet whenever he wears the costume.
Help in an Emergency
Sometimes a dog or cat’s curiosity may get the better of her no matter what you do. If you have an emergency this Halloween season, call Grantsburg Animal Hospital at 715-463-2536 or Wild River Veterinary Clinic at 320-629-7474 during regular business hours. After hours, please call  Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service at 763-754-5000. You can also reach the Pet Poison Helpline 24 hours a day at 855-764-7661. The agency charges $59 per incident.

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