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Halloween Pet Safety

Wishing You a Safe and Healthy Halloween in Reisterstown

Halloween is upon us, and at TLC for Pets in Reisterstown, we’d like you to have fun spending time with your pet. If you’re planning to bring your pet with you trick-or-treating, it's important to know how to keep your pet truly safe.

Dangerous Candies and Safe Treats

Human candy is not safe for animals, but many of the most dangerous candies are those that contain chocolate and xylitol, a sweetener frequently found in gums and other types of low-calorie candies. Chocolate, particularly high-cocoa content dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, can cause seizers, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and rapid breathing in both dogs and cats. Xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure in dogs.

The only candy that is safe to give to your pet are pet treats. If you want your dog or cat to celebrate Halloween along with you and your family, try buying your pet a special type of treat formulated for animals that you would not normally buy for your pet. This will allow your pet to enjoy the fun and stay safe at the same time.

Costume Fun

bulldog_dressed_for_halloweenDogs can enjoy Halloween costumes just like people. If you want to take your dog trick-or-treating, buy a costume specifically designed for an animal of your pet's size and shape. Make sure your dog or cat has the ability to breathe naturally and make noise (like meowing or barking). Don't put masks on your dog or cat's face. When you dress up your pet, make sure that he or she retains free movement and is not hindered by the costume. Don't allow parts of the costume to drag along the ground or near your pet's paws, as this can become a danger to your pet.

Finally, know who to call if your pet ingests something he or she shouldn't, or if your pet becomes injured during the fun. Keep the number for TLC for Pets on hand at all times.