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Halloween is a dangerous and scary time of year for your pet. Some threats include pranksters, trick-or-treaters, decorations and candy.

imageBlackCat.jpgUnfortunately pranksters use animals, especially black cats, as the butt of their jokes. Since black cats are picked on during the Halloween season, please avoid adopting them out to new homes. Also, please keep close tabs on your pet before, during and after Halloween, and especially keep them indoors on Halloween day.

It can be pretty scary for your dog when the little ghouls and goblins come ringing the doorbell shouting “trick-or-treat.” To your dog, these little kids are scary in their costumes, with their sporadic movements and squeaky voices and your dog may feel threatened. It may be a good idea to keep your pet in a quiet room away from all the noise. If your pet is usually nervous and uncomfortable with strangers it may be possible to get a prescription from your veterinarian for a sedative. In addition, please refrain from dressing your pet up, unless they are accustomed to wearing clothes. If you do put a costume on your pet, please make sure it fits appropriately and it does not compromise their safety.

It is wise to avoid having jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins with lit candles in them down around your dogs and cats. They can be easily knocked over and can cause severe burns and injury. It is also good to avoid any decorations your pets can get tangled in (i.e. streamers). They are not only scary, but can also cause serious injury. If your pet gets burned or injured by decorations, please contact us or your nearest emergency clinic immediately.

If the candy tastes good to you, it probably tastes good to your pet. Please keep all candy up and away from your pets, especially chocolate. Chocolate, in any amount, can be very toxic and even lethal to your pet. If your pet eats any amount of candy, please contact us or your nearest emergency clinic immediately.

For more information about your pet’s safety during the Halloween season, please call our office at (510) 797-2323.

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