Halloween Safety

I am so excited for our Halloween party Woof N’ Treat! I hope to see all of our friends and their dogs in costume and having a great time but Halloween can be a dangerous time for pet so I thought I would take a moment to remind everyone of a few safety tips before our big party.

It is common knowledge that chocolate is bad for dogs and cats so keep candy out of their reach. Even non-chocolate candy can be dangerous to pets, Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is very toxic to animals and wrappers can cause choking or intestinal blockage. Pumpkins are non-toxic to pets (pumpkin is actually a great treat for dogs) but make sure carved pumpkins with candles are out of the way so they can’t be knocked over by your pet.

Trick or treater’s can scare pets, from the constant doorbell ringing to the scary costumes so on the night of Halloween is it best to keep your pets in a separate room away from the front door. Make sure your pets have current tags on in case they get spooked and escape.

I am so excited to see all the dog costumes on Saturday but make sure to try on your pet’s costume before the costume contest to make sure they will tolerate wearing it. The costume should not restrict your dog’s movement, block their vision or obstruct their hearing or breathing. Keep an eye on your pet to make sure they don’t chew or eat parts of their costume.

I wish you all a safe and happy Halloween and hope to see you and your dog at Woof N’ Treat!

Here are a few links to more pet safety tips:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/halloween-safety-tips.aspx

http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/winterinfo/a/halloweensafety.htm

Kayd Roy

Minneapolis, MN

Freelance Graphic Designer in Minneapolis

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