It’s a night to your kids wildly anticipate: free candy, spooky decorations and the chance to dress up like a Ninja. For your pets, it’s a night of being jolted repeatedly by the ring of the doorbell and scared silly by those strange beings just outside the door.
A few precautions can lower stress levels for your whole family and help keep your dog or cat settled and safe. Take a look at these 7 tips to help you courageously conquer a fear-provoking night:
1. Chocolate Stash. Cats aren’t usually tempted, but dogs have often ended up in vet emergency rooms on Halloween night. Chocolate’s toxicity and easy access can be a disastrous combination. Keep candy dishes and treat bags in a safe place, and remember: the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.
2. Raisin Ban. Some parents like to supply a healthy snack, but if your pet consumes raisins or even grapes, she could be in danger of kidney failure within 48 hours. Watch for symptoms like lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea.
3. No-Glo. Glo sticks and glowing jewelry can be a great accessory for children, but endanger cats, in particular. Their curiosity may prompt them to bite a glow-stick open and release dubutyl phthalate. This clear or yellow oily liquid can cause irritation to your pet’s skin or eyes, and your first clue may be when your pet drools excessively, gags or retches.
4. Masked Dangers. In the pictures, your pet totally rocks the look. However, before you start going door to door, please insure that the costume doesn’t limit vision, movement or breathing. Also look out for beads or any small part your pet could ingest.
5. Dumpster Diving. Candy-flavored wrappers may be too much temptation for your sniff-happy dog or your curious kitty. Once ingested, these wrappers can block small systems and cause all sorts of problems.
6. Burn Notice. Avoid placing real candles in jack-o-lanterns or in your decorations. One lightning-quick move by your cat or dog could accidentally start a fire.
7. A Valid ID. Are your pet’s tags up to date? If your pet bolted and ran a few blocks from your house, updated tags could insure the return of a worried (or oblivious) wanderer.
Halloween doesn’t have to be a scary night for your pet or a headache for you. Take a few precautions for a fun, pet-friendly holiday.
Happy Halloween from everyone at Town N Country!
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