Keep Your Pets Safe Halloween Night

October 31, 2017

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With Halloween finally here tonight your neighborhood will be filled with kids, and perhaps some pranksters, knocking on your door and ringing your doorbell for you to reach into a big bowl of candy to fill trick-or-treat bags.  This can be a headache for pet owners who are concerned for stressed out pets. Just a reminder that you shouldn't give any candy to your pets as chocolate can be very dangerous to dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, and increased thirst, urination, and heart rate. Many hard candies, breath strips and gum contain an artificial sweetener (xylitol) can be poisonous for dogs. Even small amounts can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which can lead to a lack of coordination and seizures.  So keep all baskets and bags of candy out of reach (never on the floor near the door) of your pet. The ASPCA has some suggestions for pet owners.  First, keep them in a quiet place away from trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities. Dogs and cats can become frightened or agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costumed visitors. If you have a dog near the door with you, keep him on a leash. If you own a cat, especially a black cat, keep them indoors tonight as they generally fall prey to pranksters. Place live flame decorations like candles and jack-o'-lanterns out of your pet's reach. Curious cats or rambunctious dogs can easily knock over a candle with a paw or a wagging tail. Make sure to keep makeup and face paint out of their reach as you get ready for festivities.  Finally, make sure you dogs and cats have ID (tags) and/or microchip data that are updated, in the event they escape or becomes lost.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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