3 Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween can be one of the most stressful days of the year for dogs, second only to the 4th of July. With all the loud noises, strange costumes and tempting treats, let’s face it, Halloween can be a nightmare. Skip the stress this year and keep your pup happy and healthy by following these three Halloween pet safety tips.
Trick or Treat? Top 3 Halloween Pet Safety Tips
1. Be Careful with Costumes
If you decide to dress up your pet in a costume for Halloween, make sure it doesn’t limit their movement or ability to breath or take potty breaks. Keep in mind your pup isn’t used to a costume. The strange apparel may make him feel anxious and end up chewing or even eating parts of it which could lead to intestinal blockage.
Your safest choice in a pet Halloween costume is to consider a Halloween-themed leash or collar.
2. Prepare for Fright Night
Before your doorbell starts constantly ringing with strange spooks and ghouls, do what you can to get them ready. Take them on a long walk, play some fun games and make sure they go to the bathroom so they won’t need to be in the yard. Pull out all your tricks to tire them out first.
If you know that your canine gets anxious with strangers, put him in another room with a comfortable bed or crate during peak trick-or-treating hours to calm his nerves.
Did you know that the day after Halloween is the busiest day for lost dogs and cats to arrive at shelters? If you think there is a chance that your pet will escape from the house, make sure he is wearing proper identification tags with your contact information.
3. Keep the Treats Out of Reach
Did you know that vets tend to an average of 12% more emergency calls on Halloween night?
Keep all Halloween candy and small toys out of your dog’s reach, especially chocolate and glow sticks. Consumption of even small amounts can be dangerous, even lethal for dogs. Stick to his own treats, and keep all candy out of reach. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Instead, try your hand at this simple fall inspired homemade dog treat you can slip in his Kong to keep him occupied and happy.
No Bake Nut Butter Dog Treat Powered by Fortetropin®
(makes approximately 5 servings)
2 TBSP pumpkin puree
1 TBSP unsweetened/unsalted nut butter
1 TBSP unsweetened milk/nut milk
1/2 cup oats
5 servings MYOS Canine Muscle Formula
In a bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, nut butter and milk until well combined.
Add oats until mixed evenly.
Roll mixture into small balls - approximately 5.
Dredge each treat with Fortetropin, pressing to coat.
Cover and place in refrigerator until firm.
Keep Dogs Safe and Healthy on Halloween Night
Keep these three simple Halloween pet safety tips in mind to ensure Fido and friends have a safe and spooktacular night. Because when it comes to your pet’s health, you can never be too prepared.
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