Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year with these tips from your Sunrise Vet family:
1. Keep the treats out of reach.
Sugary candies and chocolates and our pets simply don't mix! All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.
One important thing to remember, too? When pets get into the candy bowl, they don’t usually bother to unwrap the treats first!
2. Bring your pets inside.
While we like to consider our Comox Valley community to be relatively safe, the reality is that Hallow's eve is a time that we want to keep our pets indoors; due to increased foot traffic and potential for mischief in our neighbourhoods. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents during this time of year.
3. Keep your pets in a safe room - away from the front door.
You've got your furry pals inside, but be sure to keep them away from the Halloween excitement. Your door will be opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. Our pets simply don't understand the context for this; and it can be extremely threatening and scary to them. This can result in an escape attempt or unwanted aggression. Reduce stress and keep them far away from the door; safely tucked in a room they feel safe in or in their crate. Be sure to comfort them as frequently as possible!
4. Don't keep lit pumpkins around pets.
Our pets can easily get burned from jack-o-lanterns; it's best to avoid them and stick to the battery operated kinds for everyone's safety! However, keep in mind our pets can receive electrical shocks and burns from chewing on the cords, too - so keep them out of reach!
5. Dispose of pumpkins, gourds, and corn displays after use
We want to prevent our pets from ingesting large amounts of uncooked and potentially mouldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays; which can cause BIG problems in little tummies.
6. Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll love it.
No need to cause unnecessary stress and suffering - if your pet hates their costume, it's best not to push it. We might think it's cute, but they don't understand what the fuss is all about! If you decide your pet needs a costume this year, please be supervising them at all times to ensure they can see, hear, and move with ease. Pets can easily become strangled and/or suffocate in costumes without supervision or choke on removable parts.
7. IDs, please!
If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper ID will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are a start, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. We suggest using Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags.
Now you've got the lowdown... we wish you a pawwsitively Happy Howl-O-Ween!
-from your Sunrise Vet team