We all love the fun and goodies of Halloween, but if you have pets there are some precautions you need to take.
Don’t let you dog get into the Halloween candy. Chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can be potentially fatal to a small dog. Sugarless gum contains Zylitol, which is also toxic to dogs. If you think that your dog has eaten either of these substances call us immediately at 416-469-1121. A veterinarian will need to induce vomiting, and provide supportive emergency care. If we are closed call your closest emergency veterinary hospital.
Black cats and cats in general have long been associated with Halloween in legend. If you have a cat that goes outdoors, they are vulnerable to Halloween hijinks that get out of hand, as well as any increased car traffic in your neighbourhood. Please keep your cat inside on October 30th (so-called Devil’s Night) and October 31st (Halloween night).
It’s always entertaining to dress your pet in costume so they’re part of the family fun. Be careful of costumes with small pieces that could fall off or be chewed off by your dog or cat and pose a choking hazard. Also, some pets may be stressed or even embarrassed by wearing extra clothing or attachments. If your pet seems bothered by their costume, it’s kindest and safest to remove it and let them be themselves. All pet costumes (and all children’s costumes) should be non-toxic and fire retardant.
Halloween wil bring a lot of strangers to your door wearing unusual and potentially intimidating outfits. Be aware that the increased traffic and costumes may stress your pet, leading them to scratch or bite unexpectedly. Try and keep your pet away from the bustle of the Halloween traffic to your door to minimize any anxiety they may be feeling, and warn your children not to approach any strange animals while they are trick or treating.
Also, be careful that your pet doesn’t escape with the frequent opening and closing of the door, and make sure that they are wearing a collar and tags that clearly identify them in case they do get out.