Happy Halloween to all of our clients and their furry kiddos! Whether you are trick-or-treating or going to have trick-or-treaters, there are lots of dangers lurking for our pets this time of year. Listed below are some tips to help keep you and your pet safe.
Keep Candy & Party treats where Pets can’t reach
Dangerous foods include:
Dispose of wrapper properly!
- Artificial sweeteners
Try feeding animals before parties & Trick or Treat outings
- They still smell like food
- They can cause choking or blockages
Take extra care if young children are in the house
- Pets will be less likely to beg for food
- May be less likely to steal treats if they’re not as hungry
Watch for signs that pets have snuck a treat or two
- Explain how dangerous treats can be to pets
- Keep track of their candy stash and trash
As a reminder, the HomeAgain Microchip offers a free consultation to poison control. This service, which is usually $65, is available to you 24/7 at no charge with your annual membership to HomeAgain. Please call our office or visit our website for more information on the HomeAgain Microchip services.
- General Toxicity:
- Chocolate Toxicity:
- Excessive Salivation
- Hyperactivity/elevated heart rate
- Excessive urination
- Muscle tremors/seizure
- Pupil dialation
- If you’re not sure, call our office!
Don’t forget the Decorations!
- Make sure pets don’t try to eat them
- Be sure to keep candles where pets won’t get burned or cause a fire
- Blow out candles & unplug lights when unattended
Trick or Treat-ers
- Walk pets before trick or treat-ers begin their rounds
- Keep pets in an enclosed area especially if they tend to be fearful, aggressive, excitable or tend to dash out the door
- Talk to Vet about sedatives if pet is extremely high strung & easily upset
- If pets are good natured & like greeting guests, make sure to at least keep them on a leash
- Don’t keep pet’s outside on Halloween to prevent them being taken advantage of by “pranksters.”
- When walking pets after trick or treat-ers keep a close eye them to make sure they don’t get a hold of stray candies or wrappers.
- Be sure pet costumes don’t restrict airways or movement. The costume should not make them uncomfortable
- Remove any part of the costume that dangles or could be chewed/eaten
- Try costumes on before Halloween night to make sure it doesn’t stress them out; if they’re too stressed, leave it off.
In the event of an emergency this Halloween weekend, please don’t hesitate to call us at (903)268-1555. Please leave a brief message and one our friendly staff members will call you back.
The staff of Turtle Creek would like to wish everyone a safe and “spook”tacular Halloween!