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Tips to keep your furry family members safe this Halloween!

By Rachel Kirby 13 days ago 176 Views

Here are a few tips from Natural Instinct to keep your pets safe on this Halloween!

7 Oct 2019 11:26:44

TREATS

While pets may like the taste of an occasional sweet treat, to prevent illness and exposure to toxic substances, it’s best for your pets that they don’t have access to candy.

If you want to give your pet a treat, make sure it’s one made specifically for dogs or cats.

Please check our recommendations below:

• Chocolate (can cause vomiting/diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst/urination, hyperactivity, increased heart rate, tremors, seizures, and even death)
• Excessive amounts of sugary treats (can lead to hyperactivity, increased heart rate, upset stomach, vomiting/diarrhea)
• Any food, treats, gum, or candy containing the artificial sweetener, Xylitol (known to cause life-threatening low blood sugar, and liver toxicity)
• Sweets / food containing grapes and/or raisins (may cause acute kidney failure)
• Sweet Wrappers (may cause an upset stomach or intestinal blockages)

Browse our Treats for healthy alternatives here: https://www.naturalinstinct.com/dog-cat-accessorie...

COSTUMES

Halloween pet safety should be the number one concern this holiday.

It is cute to dress up our furry friends, however, consider the following before picking a costume.

• Is the costume too restrictive? Can it cause your pet to choke or become injured?
• Can your pet ingest the costume or decorations?
• Are you using products not approved for use on pets?

TRICK OR TREATERS

Be aware of the following for your furry friends:

• Frequently opened doors present an opportunity for pets to escape. Be sure that your pet is wearing identification (i.e. tag and/or a microchip) and is kept secured in a separate room

• If you take your dog trick or treating, keep him/her on a reflective leash at all times, wearing identification

• The constant sound of a doorbell ringing may be stressful. Friends and family should be careful around anxious pets.

Animals may act out with behaviours that you aren’t accustomed to seeing when they feel threatened, afraid, or overwhelmed.

Consider these warnings: Is your pet growling or snapping? Are their ears pressed back against their head? Is their fur standing up along their back?

• In the flurry of activity, party guests may feed your pets too much “people food”. This can cause an upset stomach and other health concerns. Also make sure that pets don’t get into food or candy when no one is looking. Provide treats made especially for dogs/cast for guests to give your pet.

Please remember that as much as we enjoy Halloween, it is important to be aware of the needs of our pets during this holiday.

Happy Halloween!

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