Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.
- Any kind of chocolate, particularly baking and dark, can be fatal for cats and dogs. Do not under any circumstances feed your pet trick-or-treat candies; they are NOT meant for animals and could lead to chocolate poisoning. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures.
- Candy can also contain the artificial sweetener xylitol which has the potential to be very poisonous to dogs; even small amounts can cause a sudden drop in sugar, which can lead to seizures and lack of coordination. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing chocolate or xylitol poisoning, contact your veterinarian immediately. If it is after business hours take your pet to the nearest veterinary hospital.
- Never leave your pet unattended. Mischievous kids and pranksters may tease, injure or even kill pets on Halloween. Be a responsible pet owner and make sure that your pet is in a safe area or with you if out in the neighborhood.
- When picking pet costumes, make sure they are comfortable and easy to breathe in. Many animals are not used to walking around in costumes or clothes, so exercising a little common sense can go a long way.
- Take special care to keep pets away from the door; the constant opening and closing and people yelling loudly or asking for candy, could upset your pet. Dogs in particular are territorial and may get anxious, growling and snarling at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your pet in a secure room or area, will help ease anxiety and help prevent them from escaping.
- The likelihood of your cat or dog running away out of sheer excitement should be taken into consideration. Having a secure collar and identification and a microchip can increase the chance of your pet being safely returned, in case it gets lost.
If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to get your pet treated, know that Downtown Animal Care Center can take care of all of your pet’s veterinary needs.
If you have specific questions or concerns, your veterinarian can give you additional tips for general well-being of your pet or other preventive measures. To make an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call us at 303-595-3561 We take appointments 6 days a week to meet your scheduling needs.