4 tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween!
26 Oct, 2012
Halloween is full of fun tricks and treats for kids and adults, but it can be the scariest night for your pet. In fact, Halloween is the second most common holiday for missing pets. Here are a few tips to help Fido and Fluffy safe this Halloween.
1. Make sure your pet has proper identification. Collars with I.D. tags are a good idea, but can be lost or fall off over time. A Microchip is a great way to permanently identify your pet. The chip is approximately the size of a piece of rice and is applied between the shoulder blades. The procedure can be done in the exam room at your veterinarian’s office in a matter of seconds and is read with the simple swipe of a wand over the pet’s back. All veterinary clinics and animal shelters should be equipped with microchip readers and can be the ticket needed to get your pet home.
2. Keep treats away from your pets. Ingredients such as chocolate and xylitol (a sugar sweetener) can be toxic to dogs. Also remember to throw all loose candy wrappers away to prevent intestinal blockage and vomiting.
3. Keep your animals inside, away from noise and strangers. Even the best-behaved pets can be spooked by ghosts and goblins.
4. Be cautious with pet costumes. Some outfits may be too tight, have loose strings or obstruct vision. Choose simple things, such as a Halloween bandana.
As always, keep your veterinarian’s number close for any emergencies or questions. Have a safe and fun Halloween!!