Boo! Halloween will be here soon. While you are busy celebrating, keep in mind that this spooky holiday can be an extremely scary time for your pets!
The constant doorbell ringing and noise of eager trick or treaters might cause unnecessary stress to our favorite furry family members. Make sure that they get extra exercise and stimulation in the days prior to Halloween to help keep them calm. If the weather is nice, perhaps sit outside with your dog to decrease the anxiety that comes from the constant doorbell ringing. Another idea is to place your pet in an interior room where the commotion is muted and provide a special new toy or treat. Also, keep an eye on your animals as people come and go, as your pet could sneak out the door and become lost. Keep a collar on your pets and consider a barrier to the front door such as a baby gate or leash. If you don’t have a microchip, now is a good time to get one since many pets are lost at this time of year. If your pet is microchipped, make sure your information is correct and up to date. If you know your pet is extremely anxious, discuss anti-anxiety medications with your vet.
Is there anything cuter than your pet in costume? I think not! However, if you’re going to dress up your pet, keep it brief. Costumes are not natural for animals. They can be itchy and cause general anxiety.
Treats are better than tricks to neighborhood kids, but candy is dangerous to your pet’s health. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is commonly used in “sugar free” gum and sweets and can be toxic to dogs. It can cause low blood sugar, liver failure and seizures. Also, CBD/marijuana edibles can look suspiciously like regular candy but can also be extremely dangerous to your pet’s health. And don’t forget chocolate also causes seizures, upset stomachs, and irregular heart rhythms. We will be available for round the clock support once we are open, but if you think your pet has ingested any dangerous substance, contact the ASPCA for immediate assistance. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control.
Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Goodheart Animal Health Center!