Halloween is an exciting and spooky time for kids and adults alike, but for our 4 legged companions it can be a stressful and downright scary time. Humans are dressing up as scary creatures, the doorbell is ringing every 5 minutes, and there are all sorts of yummy treats that the kids are allowed to have, but which can make the pets very sick. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe this Halloween.⦁ If your pet is crate trained and feels safe in the crate, consider keeping them in there during the trick or treating hours.
⦁ If you know that your pup feels the need to protect the house when the doorbell rings, consider leaving a note for trick-or-treaters to knock, just wait on the porch to hand out candy.
⦁ Halloween parties can be extremely stressful for dogs and cats because they don't know why everyone is dressed up and acting so strange. I recommend having a dedicated safe space in the house for the animals to stay. Also, consider boarding in a kennel or having them stay with a relative, especially if you are planning to have a Halloween party.
⦁ There are a number of medications available to help reduce anxiety in dogs and cats that are safe and effective. Sometimes it can take some time to determine the most effective dosage, so consider a trial dose beforehand.
⦁ Remember chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Sugar candy can cause severe gastrointestinal upset or pancreatitis. Keep the treats out of reach. If they get into something, call EMRVC at (410) 687-1111.
The doctors and staff at EMRVC wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween. By taking a few extra steps we can help to make sure that our furry friends stay happy and safe!