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Halloween Safety Tips

  1. Stash the goodies! We all know that chocolate is dangerous to consume for dogs and cats, but other candies can be dangerous too. Some sweets contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which even in small amounts can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, subsequent loss of coordination, and seizures. Tinfoils and candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. (If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the SPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.)
  2. Decorate, yet keep it safe! If you’re getting into the Halloween spirit, make sure to double-check your decore for safety hazards. Jack-O-Lanterns are a festive staple, but can easily be knocked over with an open flame or become a snack! Make sure all cords are out of reach or taped to the floor away from playful, teething puppies. Elevate candles from curious kids!
  3. Keep calm and haunt on! Having a barrage of strangers knocking on the door can be confusing and stressful for some pets. Make sure they’re in a secure,  safe environment away from stressful stimuli that may cause them to dark out of an open door. Never leave your pet unattended in the yard! If you’re looking for peace of mind, Green Leaf offers a stress-free alternative for pups at home during the holidays with daycare, day-stay, and boarding options.
  4. Make sure they say yes to the dress! Halloween costumes can be a fun way to include your pet into your holiday plans, but make sure they enjoy it first! Wearing a costume can be very stressful for some dogs, sometimes even restricting their movement, breathing, hearing, or sight. Never leave your dog alone in costume. It’s important to know if your dog is comfortable and confident in their costume. Some dogs just prefer their birthday suit!
  5. ID’s, please! In the unfortunate event that you and your pet are separated for any reason, it’s crucial to make sure they have ID! Use Halloween as a reminder to make sure your pet’s identification is up to date with the most current information. If for any reason you and your pet are separated, identification increases the chances that they will be returned to you.

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