Since Halloween is just around the corner, we would like to share some PET SAFETY TIPS for the big night...
NO CANDY FOR SCRUFFY:
The only treats your pets should have are in the form of milk bones, training treats, or their favorite toy. Sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious stomach problems. And, of course, chocolate can be very toxic.
WATCH THOSE DECORATIONS:
Your playful doggie may run past the lit Jack-O-Lantern, inadvertently knock it over, and start a fire. Only knocks you want at your door should be from trick-or-treaters not the Fire Department. Also, be careful with those festive lights; don't want your dog to get tangled in anything!
EASY WITH THE COSTUMES:
We do not recommend costumes... however, if you decide to dress your dog this year as a cuddly bunny or a ferocious lion, ensure you do no limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark, or meow. Also, please be careful with any loose garments as they could potentially become a choking hazard! Have them try it on a few days prior to check the fit and their body posture... this way you have time to return it or exchange it for a different size, and see if there are any allergic reactions.
DON'T LEAVE THEM IN THE BACKYARD:
The world is not as safe as it used to be and, sadly, there are vicious pranksters who have been known to tease, injure, steal, or worse, take your pet's life on Halloween night. So, don't leave them in your backyard... any outside cats should be brought in the house a few days before and after Halloween. Black cats, especially, are at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents.
KEEP YOUR PET CALM:
Your pet may not be used to seeing people dressed as zombies, witches, or Batman so ensure you keep him or her calm and stress-free. You can avoid stress by keeping them away from trick-or-treaters... unless, of course, your pet will be a part of the festivities. In this case, ensure they don't dart outside when you open the door when it's time to hand out candy... if they do, ensure they are wearing proper identification (collar, dog tags, and/or microchip).
From the Unity K9 Family, we hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!