The Spooky Season is here! We’ve put together some Halloween reminders to help you and your pets enjoy the night.
1. Make sure that pet costumes are safe and comfortable.
If you dress up your dog or cat, always supervise them closely while they are in costume.
- Costumes should allow your pet full use of their senses, including sight, hearing and touch.
- Costumes should not interfere with your pets breathing.
- Ensure your pet’s mobility and footing aren’t restricted.
- Costumes should be free of small objects which would pose a choking hazard if they became detached. Also be aware of the small objects on any costumes that you or your children wear.
- When you think your pet has had enough of being in a costume, respect them and remove it. Don’t let them become stressed or anxious.
2. Don’t let your pet eat Halloween Candy.
- Chocolate can be fatal to dogs.
- Sugarless gum and anything containing xylitol can cause low blood sugar and liver failure.
- Raisins have been linked to kidney failure.
If you think your pet has eaten any of these things, call us right away at 416-469-1121. A veterinarian will need to induce vomiting and hospitalize your pet for supportive emergency care. If we are closed, call your closest emergency veterinary hospital.
3. Keep your pets indoors, both on Halloween night, and on “Devil’s Night”, the night before.
All pets are at risk from increased traffic on your street. Cats, particulary black cats which have long been associated with Halloween, are at risk from Halloween pranks that get out of hand.
4. Remember that all the extra noise and activity may cause your pet anxiety.
It may be better to restrict them to a quiet, dark part of the house during any halloween parties or trick-or-treating.