Halloween Safety Tips with “Dogtor” Rusty

Halloween Safety Tips with “Dogtor” Rusty

Halloween Safety Tips with “Dogtor” Rusty

It’s nearly Halloween and with that, we wanted to provide some Halloween safety tips… brought to you by our very own “Dogtor Rusty,” who wants to ensure that all pets and their owners have a safe and happy Halloween.

Halloween Safety Tips with “Dogtor” Rusty Halloween Safety Tips with “Dogtor” Rusty

1. Keep pets away from Halloween treats.

– Chocolate ingestion is a huge problem at Halloween for dogs and can be fatal.
– Candies and gum containing xylitol. Xylitol is toxic to pets and is often found in sugar-free candy and gum.
– Hard candies and gum consumed in large quantities can clump in your pet’s stomach, potentially causing an obstruction.
– Raisins are toxic to dogs so keep these away from your dog at all times.
– Candy wrappers can become lodged in your pet’s throat or intestinal tract and may require surgery to remove.

2. Keep pumpkins and corn out of reach.

– Ingesting potentially moldy pumpkin can cause gastrointestinal upset.
– Corn cobs can cause intestinal blockage and require surgery to remove. A recent Patient of the Week, Teddy, needed corn cobs to be removed endoscopically so keep those corn cobs away from your dogs.

3. Keep candles, glow sticks and electric or battery powered decorations out of reach.
– Wagging tails can easily get burned by candles.
– Decorations can look like fun dog and cat toys, but could pose a problem for your pets if ingested. And we wouldn’t want your pets to receive a potentially deadly electric shock from chewing on those decorative Jack-o-Lantern lights.

4. Ensure costumes fit properly and your pet is comfortable wearing one.

– We all love to see our fur friends dressed up for Halloween, but be sure to check for any discomfort, allergic reaction to the materials, and ensure that the costumes do not have anything loose or easy for your pet to pull off and potentially ingest.
– Also ensure your pet can properly breathe if they are wearing a costume that covers their face or has something around their neck or chest.

5. Keep pets indoors and away from the door.

– Sadly, there are people who tease, hurt, steal or even kill pets on Halloween so please keep your beloved pet out of harm’s way by keeping them inside.
– Strangers dressed in unusual costumes and the door constantly opening and closing can be scary and stressful for your pets. Best to place them in a room or crate away from the front door. It will also prevent pets from darting out the door and potentially getting lost or hurt.
– Fireworks going off is frightening for many dogs so do your best to minimize their exposure to these loud noises as much as possible.
– If you need to take your dog for a walk, do so before it gets dark in case there are candies, chocolates or wrappers littered about that your dog could ingest without you knowing.

6. Ensure your dog or cat has the proper IDs and is microchipped.

– If your pet should escape and become lost, having the proper ID can help them safely return home. Even better is to ensure that your pet is microchipped and that the contact information on the microchip is up-to-date.

Finally, if your pet does happen to have an emergency or critical care situation, we are open 24 hours a day and will be here to help if your pet needs us.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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