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Halloween - A Fun Time for Families!
Saturday, October 19, 2019
  By: Kingsdale Animal Hospital  In: Pet Health

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time for families! It's fun to dress up and have some treats. Here's a few pet-friendly tips to help your pet enjoy the season even more.

(1) If you are going trick or treating with your dog, dressing them up is part of the fun! Remember to use a pet costume that does not have any loose components that they can chew off or swallow. Also, it is helpful to get a small light for their collar so that pedestrians and drivers can see them in the dark!
(2) When you have trick-or-treaters at your house, sometimes the continuous doorbell ringing and guests can stress pets out. If you have a pet who is sensitive to noise or strangers, or tends to run out of the front door, consider putting them upstairs, or in an area protected with a door or baby gate. If your pet seems anxious from all the noise, you can also discuss with us about the option for giving your pet an anxiety medication to help relieve them of that stress.
(3) Chocolate and candy is fun for kids but not for pets! Remember that chocolate is toxic to animals, as the theobromine inside it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, and seizures. Additionally, xylitol is a sugar substitute found in some snack products, which causes blood sugar to drop in animals, leading to weakness, seizures, and collapse. Please keep all the Halloween candy, chocolate, and goodies in an area away from your pets! They can enjoy one of their own dog or cat treats while the kids are enjoying their Halloween treats!
(4) Although it is very fun and cute to dress up our pets, not every pet enjoys being dressed up in a costume. If your pet seems uncomfortable or struggles in their costume, it is best to leave it off. 

As always, we are here for you to answer any questions you have about pet health and keep your pets happy and healthy this fall!

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