Halloween is right around the corner, and with Halloween comes candy, costumes, strangers, and stress.
The SPCA has five pet safety tips for pet owners in the lead up to Halloween.
1) Keep Sweets Out of Reach
Many popular Halloween treats are toxic to your pets, including chocolate and sugar-free candies. Make sure candy is out of reach or locked away to prevent scary and costly medical situations. If consumed, make sure you know what to do. Have the phone number for your local veterinarian, 24-hour emergency pet care center or Poison Control Center.
2) Practice Costume Safety
People aren’t the only ones to get dressed up on Halloween, pets do too! If you dress up your pet in a costume, make sure the costume fits well (not too loose or too tight), does not limit mobility, won’t obstruct breathing, vision or hearing and is free of choking hazards. If it doesn’t pass all of these requirements, you are better off not using it.
3) Throw Wrappers Away
Candy packaging can cause intestinal blockage and vomiting when ingested. Make sure kids and adults collect and throw away all packaging.
4) Watch the Front Door
With Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, there might be more strangers in and around your home. This can be overwhelming and stressful to your pet. Be careful opening interior doors or windows since pets are more likely to flee given these stressors.
5) Double-Check Pet ID’s
Make sure your pet is tagged or microchipped prior to Halloween in the case that they do get loose. This will help others contact you if they come across your lost pet.