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The Scary Truth about Pets During Halloween

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

Fall is coming! Here in Florida, we can miss the changing of the season since we don’t have major weather changes. But, our pet care should change as we move into Fall.

I’ve been a pet care provider for over 13 years so I’ve experienced the common safety threats in homes. Here’s a list of threats and tips on how to keep your pets safe!

Be Strategic with the Decorations. Decor can look like toys to our pets. Keep the glitter pumpkins, blow-up witches, electric cauldrons out, etc. out of reach! They may contain toxic materials, electricity, choking hazards or obstructions ( the go in the mouth, and not out the bum!) if chewed.

Choose a Pet Costume with Care. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Pets who are wearing a costume should always be only used when humans are around! Costumes can shift, get caught on furniture, tighten around the throat or limb, or pieces can be eaten. If your pet hates their costume maybe a festive bandana, bow or leash decoration is a good compromise.

Bump in the Night Dark, furry pets require extra attention and care. Black cats, specifically, shouldn’t be allowed outside at night before and during Halloween. All pets should be microchipped and tagged. If a pet dog is coming with you - be sure to have a study leash that an ADULT holds and potentially a reflective collar on.

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A Safe Space With so many guests coming and going, pets can get stressed out and may want to run to say hello or participate! Protect your sanity and your pet’s life by creating a quiet, safe space for them this holiday season. Block the door with a phycial blocker, or get them set up in a cage,s elect a room or enclosed area for them to relax away from trick-or-treaters.

Hide the Holiday Treats. Aside from chocolate, may candies are sweetened with XYLOTOL - an artificial sweetener, that even in small doses can cause death to some pets. Call your veterinarian if your pet got into any candies or is lethargic, vomiting, or has diarrhea.

Parkway Veterarinary Emergency in Lakeland, VHA in Winter Haven or Blue Pearl in Brandon/Tampa are available after hours, holidays and weekends


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