We all look forward to Fall with the autumn leaves and cooler temperatures, Halloween, and football season. So much to look forward to! Here are some pet safety tips to keep in mind as we enjoy the season ahead:
If your pet is wary of strangers or appears anxious on Halloween, put him/her in a room that provides a safe place to hide during trick-or-treating. Make sure your pet can be identified (microchip or a collar with ID tag) in case he/she escapes when you are handing out goodies to trick-or-treaters.
If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits well and does not have small parts that your pet can chew off and swallow. Never leave your pet unsupervised while wearing his/her costume.
If you are using candles to decorate with, use flameless candles or make sure the candles are well out of reach of pets to prevent accidental burns or fire danger from a candle that gets knocked over. Corn cobs used for decoration are notorious for sending pets into surgery if ingested.
Keep all candy out of reach of your pets, especially chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum), which can be very toxic to your pet. Ingested candy wrappers can also cause blockages in your pet that may require surgery. If your pet accidentally ingests chocolate or xylitol, contact a veterinarian or Animal Poison Control right away.
Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry, along with Halloween makeup and face paint away from pets. If you pet does ingest a glow stick, the animal poison control can let you know if that brand is toxic.
With football season comes tailgate parties, chicken wings, pizza, and a load of appetizers. Your pets can have serious gastrointestinal distress when sharing greasy hamburgers, pizza, chicken wings, etc. and chicken bones can be very dangerous when ingested. Chicken bones can splinter and cause harm to your pets mouth, throat, and digestive system and can also cause a blockage in the GI tract.
With these pet safety tips in mind, we hope you enjoy our beautiful Fall season!
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