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Halloween Night - A night full of scary fun
The Jane Animal Hospital wants to remind all of our clients and their friends with companion animals that Halloween can be a really frightening holiday for pets. While adults and children alike enjoy the costumes and candy, these things can actually distress or endanger our pets.
Dogs and cats rely on daily routine. When that routine is disrupted by lots of noise and commotion, like trick-or-treaters ringing the doorbell or lots of strangers in unusual clothes in their house, pets can become frightened or agitated. It's best to keep pets at a safe distance from the festivities.
TIPS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY:
Keep pets safely inside, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. This will ensure that pets won't become frightened or feel threatened at the sight of noisy costumed children. Cats, especially black ones, may be the target of pranksters. People with black cats should be extra careful about keeping their cats safe during this time. In addition, frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape, which can go unnoticed during all of the commotion. Be sure all pets are wearing collars with ID tags in case of accidental escape.
Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs. Tin foil and candy wrappers can also be hazardous if swallowed.
Keep pets away from decorations. Flames in jack-o-lanterns and candles can quickly singe, burn or set fire to your pet's fur. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned. Pets can become tangled in hanging decorations like streamers and can choke on some decorations if they chew on them.