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Halloween Tips
It's Trick-or-Treat time again!

October 15, 2010

Halloween is a fun time of year and has become a major holiday to most people, especially those with children.  Keep in mind, however, that your cat or dog may not enjoy Halloween quite as much as you. 

Constant knocks at the door, people charging excitably with scary costumes, children yelling, cars up and down the street ~ It can be a recipe for an unhappy and frightened pet. 
In fact, your pet’s behavior may even shock you,
as some may show signs not only of fear, but aggression too. 
 
Here are a few simple ways to help keep your best-furry-friend safe this Halloween.
 
 
 
 
Keep your pet confined to one room
Dogs and cats both should be kept in a separate room, away from the front door.   Pets can easily escape out the door when trick-or-treaters come. Additionally, with the inevitable scary costumes at the door, even the most docile dog can feel the need to protect their homes and their owners with a lunge, or possibly even a bite. Keeping your pet in another room with the radio or TV on can significantly lessen anxiety on Halloween night.  If your pet is used to a crate, use that for confinement. Fill it with favorite toys or a snack. However, if your pet is not used to a crate or you know they don’t like being in one, it’s best to just use a room for confinement. Remember, you’re doing this to lessen their anxiety.
 
Keep proper ID on your pet
Incase your pet does gain access to the front door, or if you’re bringing your dog out for his nightly walk, always be particularly sure that they have a proper identification tag on the collar their wearing. If you do walk during prime trick-or-treating hours, or if you decide to take the dog with you and the kids, use a shorter leash then usual, and be extra cautious on the grip you have on it. The last thing anyone wants on Halloween evening is running through trick-or-treaters looking for your dog.
 
Forbidden Food!!!
Obviously, candy is extremely abundant during Halloween time (and straight through the holiday season!)   Chocolate is a well known highly toxic food for dogs. A little less well known are raisins and gum (or anything containing the sweetener Xylitol), which are both things that are common household snacks, and possibly Halloween treats. 
 
 
Blow out the candles
Wagging tails, a frenzied or even just excited pet darting around the house can tip over candles or jack-o-lanterns and pose a serious fire hazard. Either forget the candles or use battery operated lights that are common these days. 
 
Pet Costumes
There is an abundant availability of cute and fun pet costumes to purchase these days. If you want to dress your dog or cat up in a costume, be certain that it is loose fitting and has no pieces that can be chewed off or that your pet can get tangled up in. Never leave your pet unattended if they are in costume. 
 
Contact your veterinarian if your pet is anxious
Maybe you have a dog or cat that you already know is high anxiety. Does the thought of fireworks or thunderstorms make you and your pet cringe? Call us in advance to discuss possible options for keeping your pet safe and relaxed during a highly anxious time, like Halloween. 
 
 
Halloween, like all holidays, is a fun and exciting time of year for the whole family. With a few simple tips like these,
we believe that your pet can enjoy the holidays too! 
 
HAVE FUN!