Autumn Hazards

 

                Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky! Remember, those candy bowls are for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy! Several popular Halloween treats are very toxic to pets. Chocolate, in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate can be very dangerous! Sugar-free candies contacting the sugar substitute xylitol can cause very serious problems in your beloved pets, so make sure you keep those out of reach at all times. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, contact your veterinarian or ASPCA Poison Control immediately.

            Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can cause a lot of stress for your pets. Unless they’re very social and you know they enjoy the hustle and bustle, your pets should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests be sure your dog or cat doesn’t dart out the door into the darkness. It’s very important that they wear proper identification in the form of tags, so if they happen to get out, they can be returned back home safely. It would also be a good idea to make sure their microchips are up to date and registered with the correct contact information!

            While Halloween and pumpkins are a sign of summer being over, this doesn’t mean that your pets can get by without a flea and tick preventative. Fleas can oftentimes be worse in the fall than during other seasons because the fall weather typically brings mild temperatures and more precipitation, weather that fleas love! Even if your pet doesn’t spend much, or any, time outside, fleas have ways of making it into your home and onto your pets. Since most people keep their homes around room temperature, fleas can remain active indoors all year long! For this reason, it’s very important to remain proactive against these critters by keeping up with your flea and tick preventatives! Please email Dr. Cristina Valas at [email protected] with any questions.