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Halloween Safety Tips from WIndmill Animal Hospital

Dr. Janice Price stopped in to tell us about some safety tips to follow for our pets on Halloween.
HALLOWEEN PET SAFETY CONCERNS

1. KEEP THE HALLOWEEN CANDY OUT OF REACH OF YOUR PETS:
We love all the candy and chocolates we get at Halloween; this same candy can be deadly to dogs and cats. Chocolate can’t be fully metabolized by our pets; the intermediate metabolites build up in their system, causing seizures, tremors, liver failure and death.
Non-chocolate candies can be a problem, also. For one thing, dogs and cats don’t “unwrap” the candy they steal from us; those candy wrappers and containers can cause intestinal irritation to our pets. Hard candies, if swallowed whole, can cause intestinal obstructions.

2. HALLOWEEN IS A TIME WHEN MANY PETS ACCIDENTALLY GET OUT THE FRONT DOOR
In busy neighborhoods, the front door may be opened for trick-or-treaters 15 or 20 times during the evening. Each time the door opens, it’s an opportunity for our family pets to sneak out of the house, putting them at risk of being hit-by-car, attacked by coyotes/stray dogs/other animals, and other life-threatening situations. On Halloween, put your pets in a back bedroom (preferably in their crates), with some music playing, and keep them safe!

3. HALLOWEEN IS A TIME WHEN CATS ARE ABUSED
Unfortunately, Halloween is the number time of year for when cats are abused, especially black or dark-colored cats. Keep your cats indoors for several days before, during and several days after Halloween, to keep them safe.
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