5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween Pet Safety Tips in San Antonio, TX

October is the season for tricks and treats, and although we know you want your pet to have fun this Halloween, we also want them to be safe. There are a number of things that could potentially harm your pet at this time of year, but if you’re prepared and educated about them, you and your pet can enjoy this season. Consider the following five tips from Affordable Pet Care-Basse in San Antonio to help your pet have a safe and happy Halloween.

  1. Don’t Feed Your Pet Candy

Chocolate and the sugar substitute xylitol are both toxic to pets. If ingested, any food (candy, gum, etc.) with these ingredients can leave your pet feeling sick or worse. Some of the common symptoms of chocolate or xylitol toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Visit your local pet store for pet-friendly Halloween treats so your dog or cat can enjoy this time of year WITHOUT getting sick.

 

  1. Make Sure Your Pet Has Identification

Pets have been known to escape through open doors on Halloween, and if you typically have a lot of trick-or-treaters, your pet will have many opportunities to do so if you’re not careful. Make sure your pet has proper identification in the form of an ID tag or microchip (or both), in case your pet ever goes missing. This will increase the chances of a happy reunion.

 

  1. Keep Lit Candles Away from Your Pet

Many dogs and cats are curious by nature, so a lit candle or jack-o-lantern can easily attract their attention, but it can also lead to danger. Keep any lit decorations out of your pet’s reach and in a place where it can’t be easily knocked over. This is especially important if you have a cat that likes to pounce on things.

 

  1. Keep Your Pet Away From the Front Door

Hearing your doorbell ring all evening on Halloween can drive a pet crazy, especially if that pet sees various children dressed in strange costumes. Some pets have been known to behave erratically when they feel threatened or frightened. If this sounds like your pet, it’s best to keep them in another room before the trick-or-treaters arrive, both for their safety and that of your visitors.

 

  1. Use Caution If Dressing Up Your Pet

From comic superheroes to classic movie characters to food items, there are hundreds of fun costumes available for pets nowadays. If you’ll be joining in on the fun of dressing up your pet, make sure the costume fits properly and isn’t making your pet uncomfortable. It’s also important to check it for any loose or dangling pieces that can cause a choking or other hazard.

Feel free to contact Affordable Pet Care-Basse in San Antonio at (210) 735-2273 if you have any questions about these Halloween tips or to schedule an appointment for your pet. We hope you and your canine or feline companion have a safe, happy Halloween!

 

Make Sure They Can Get Home: Check Your Pet’s Microchip

Is your pet’s microchip up-to-date? If your pet were lost, would an animal hospital or shelter be able to contact you once your pet was found?

Calico cat in the studio.

It’s important to get your pet microchipped; but it’s just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home.

How does a microchip work?
The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet’s skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination.

Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information.

Make sure you can be found, too
While it may be comforting to know the microchip won’t get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet’s lifetime, the microchip is useless if you’re not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don’t have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted.

Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at petmicrochiplookup.org, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don’t have your pet’s microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you.

Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip.

 

Originally published by Healthy Pet.