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Helping Pets Have a Safe Fall & a Happy Halloween

This season is arguably the loveliest of the year. It offers relief from the hot summer and the trees celebrate with a colorful performance! Yet, this beautiful season also has its dangers for our furry friends. Our animal hospital has come up with fall and Halloween pet safety tips to help you and your fur family have a happy and healthy season!

Dog sitting outside: Fall & Halloween Pet Safety in River North

Fall Pet Safety Tips

  • Rodenticides – The cooler weather drives mice and other small rodents to seek shelter in warmer places — like your home! If you decide to use rodenticides, be sure to put these in places your pet cannot reach. The poison is dangerous to them, as well as the rodents!
  • Antifreeze – With winter not far off, many of us will fill up our cars with antifreeze. Yet, its use and storage should be done with caution because pets are often drawn to its sweet smell. Store it well out of paws’ reach and clean up spills as soon as they happen!
  • Mushrooms – Mushrooms love the autumn weather and will start popping up in some unexpected places. Try not to let your pet investigate these fungi. While most are harmless, the few that are harmful are dangerously so. It’s best to avoid them all!
  • Cooler weather – While your pet may have enjoyed their trimmed coat in the summer, they’ll need all the help they can get through the fall and winter. Let their coats grow out naturally so they’re prepared for the coming cold!

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

  • Candy – Chocolate is a well-known toxin to our pets, but another danger is xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free candy. Keep all candies away from your pet and make sure your kids know not to share their loot with their furry best friend!
  • Costumes – Costumes are a must for Halloween, but our pets may not agree. If you’re dressing your pet up this year, try the costume on them before the holiday to make sure it fits properly and most importantly, that your pet enjoys wearing it! If your pet seems irritated and uncomfortable in it, it might be best to stick to a festive bandana instead.
  • Scary noises – Halloween is full of scary noises like screams, howling winds, and an incessant doorbell! Pets can find all these sounds nerve-wracking. If your pet seems overly anxious, put them in a quiet back room with their favorite toy so they can relax! If they still can’t calm down, talk to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications and other helpful items like Thundershirts to keep your pet calm.
  • Decorations – Between the lit candles, jack-o’-lanterns, electronics, spider webs, and more, pets can get themselves into a lot of trouble investigating all the décor. Keep all lit candles out of reach of wagging tails, secure all electrical cords away from curious noses, and always supervise your pet around any outdoor decorations!

Interested in more tips for fall and Halloween pet safety? Contact us at (312) 643-2901 or ask at your next appointment!

Cats in dinosaur costumes: Fall & Halloween Pet Safety in River North
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