Pet Health Issues – Your Pet’s Health on Halloween

Pet Health Issues – Halloween is a very trying time for our pets.  It ranks right up there with July 4th and New Years Eve. 

If you house is like mine, we get tons of kids visiting on Halloween.  It’s a lot of fun for the kids and adults, but not so much fun for our pets.

My dog must wonder who are all of these strange looking little people who come to our door on that night.  I am sure he is very happy when the door bell rings for the last time.

But there are many other pet health issues we must remember on Halloween.

I read an article entitled “Remember pets’ health on Halloween” by a staff reporter from the Redlands Daily Facts.  The article does a great job of pointing out some things to keep in mind to keep our pets safe on this particular night.

Here is a quote from the article:

Do not leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween. There are plenty of horror stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen and even killed pets on this night.

Keep pets, especially outdoor cats, inside several days before and several days after Halloween; black cats in particular may be at risk from children’s pranks or other cruelty-related incidents.

Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

Keep pets away from lit pumpkins. Pets may knock them over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.

Do not dress your dog or cat in a costume unless you know for sure that he loves it. Otherwise, it puts too much stress on the animal. If you do dress up your pet, make sure that the costume is not annoying or unsafe; it should not constrict his movement, hearing, or ability to breathe or bark. Also, there should not be small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on. Pets should always be supervised, especially one that is dressed up in a costume. If your pet goes trick or treating with you, make sure he is always on a leash.

All but the most social of dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in costumes can be scary for a dog or cat.

The complete article can be found here.

You should definitely read the entire article. 

Do you have any suggestions for dealing with the pet health issues on Halloween?  I would love to hear your comments.   

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