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Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is almost here. This can be a dangerous time of year for our furry pals, so you may want to take some precautions to keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe. Here, an East Dallas, TX vet discusses Halloween pet safety.

Candy

Those yummy candies can be pretty tempting, but don’t share them with your furry friend. Many of those sweet treats contain things that aren’t safe for pets. Chocolate, nuts, raisins, and xylitol are a few examples. Of course, if you want to give Fido or Fluffy a special treat, try mixing a little pureed pumpkin into their food.

Decorations

Autumn decorations can give your home a fun, whimsical feeling. Just keep your pet’s safety in mind when setting things up. You don’t want Fluffy eating those fake spiderwebs, or Fido chewing on your scarecrow. Candles and potpourri burners are also dangerous. Keep these in high spots, well out of your pet’s reach.

Traffic

Halloween often brings an increase in traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. If you have a dog, keep Fido on a short leash during walks. When walking on the side of a road, keep your canine pal to the outside, as he’ll be harder for drivers to spot. If you have a yard, limit your pup’s outdoor time around the holiday.

Trick-Or-Treaters

Dogs often act as furry, four-legged doorbells. If your canine companion gets excited whenever the doorbell rings, you may want to put him in a quiet back room when trick-or-treaters start to arrive. Make sure Fido is comfy and cozy by setting him up with bedding, toys, and treats, and turn a radio on to mask the noise.

Costumes

Man’s Best Friend can be super cute when he is in costumes. However, don’t force your canine buddy to wear that taco outfit if he isn’t comfortable in clothes. If you do dress Fido, make sure his costume fits well, and isn’t tight, hot, itchy, or restricting.

Cats

Halloween can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Black cats are especially at risk. We always recommend keeping cats indoors: they are much safer staying inside. However, even if you do let Fluffy go out, keep her inside around the autumn holiday. Better safe than sorry!

Please reach out to us, your local East Dallas, TX vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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