It’s that time of the year again—ghosts and ghouls and tasty candy treats! But you need to make sure you keep your pets safe during the spookiest holiday of the year. The experts at Germantown Vet are here with some helpful Halloween pet safety tips to keep in mind this year.
Treats for Tricks Should Be Vet-Approved
That bowl heaped high with delicious candy isn’t just tempting to you—it’s tempting for your pets as well. Make sure you keep it safely out of reach of your furry family members because chocolate and artificial sweeteners can be very dangerous for your pets. If you pet does get into the candy bowl, give us a call at 240-252-7467240-252-7467 right away for poison control.
Leave the Pumpkin Carving to the Two-Legged Crew
Although pumpkins are considered nontoxic, eating them can lead to an upset stomach for your four-legged friends. Don’t let your pets sink their teeth into your pumpkins—keep them safely out of reach and monitor them when they’re outdoors.
Beware the Festive Fire Hazard
Speaking of pumpkins… if you decide to use a real candle in your Jack-o-Lantern, be careful! Curious pets—especially cats—may knock over your pumpkin and create a fire hazard. It’s best to keep flames and pets far apart.
Dress Up Your Pet… Not Your Vet Bill
You may think it’s adorable and Instagram-worthy to put your pet in a costume, but remember that not all pets are going to be happy sporting new threads. If your pet seems agitated or attempts to tear and ingest the costume, your safest bet is to let them spend Halloween sans-costume.
Ding Dong Ditch the Anxiety for Your Pets
The constant ringing of the doorbell and guests at the door can be stressful even for the friendliest of pets. Be aware of your pet’s comfort level—we recommend keeping your pet in a separate area of the house during trick-or-treating. Not only will this reduce anxiety for your pet, it will also greatly minimize the chance of him or her slipping out the door for some Halloween shenanigans of their own.
Having a Frightful Pet Emergency?
If your pet is experiencing an emergency, call the experts at Germantown Vet right away. We can help you with all your pet issues at our state-of-the-art facility. We can provide x-rays, physical examinations, and more!