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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!