With Halloween just around the corner, we want to take into consideration for the safety of our pets and those who have pets. Remember to always stay alert with them and make sure they don't get into any thing they shouldn't. Here are some tips.
1) We all know chocolate isn't good for pets. Chocolate contains theobromine which is a toxic component. Humans can digest it easily because our metabolism can break and process that down. Dogs/cats have a slower metabolism than humans so when consumed, it could cause a high level of toxin in their system. So keep the chocolate away and out of reach; especially if you have a bouncing or counter top canine/feline.
2) Are you planning on taking your dog out with the kids to go trick or treating? Even if your dog is good without the leash, please use a leash. There will be lots of kids out at night. Also, stay visible. Wear reflective gear (Midlee reflective safety vest available). Only accept doggy treats and inspect them like you would for children before giving it to them.
3) Don't constrict your pets to costumes, don't force it.
4) HAZARDS! If you decorate your home especially on any Holidays, make sure that there are no loose cords. We know how curious our pets can be and any loose/dangling wires can harm them. Both pets and little kids can get to them and cause danger to themselves. Tidy up any wires, hang any decorations high up and out of reach.
5) Decide to stay inside and handout candies? Don't leave them out in the yard, especially during the allotted time for trick or treaters to be out. Halloween for some reason is popular for pranksters. Source from PetMD (petmed.com) also indicates that black cats are 'especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents'. Keep them inside and away from doors, especially if you have a door dasher.
We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.
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