Pet safety tips for Halloween from Seattle Humane

Monday, October 29, 2018

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Photo by Carl Dinse
Seattle Humane shares tips to help keep furry family members safe

Halloween can be a festive and fun time of year for children and families, but for pets, it can be stressful and even dangerous. Seattle Humane provides these tips to help keep your furry family members safe:

KEEP PET COSTUMES SAFE
Costumes that impair your pet’s vision, hearing, or mobility, or costumes that are too tight or too loose can be uncomfortable for your pet. The elastic in costumes can restrict circulation, loose-fitting costumes can become tangled and small, dangling pieces can create a choking hazard. Make sure that your pet has as much fun playing dress up as you do. A decorative collar is always a great alternative!

• KEEP YOUR PET INSIDE
Keep your companion animals in a room away from the front door when trick-or-treaters are visiting. It is too easy for them to be frightened by the goblins and slip out the door.

• UPDATE IDENTIFICATION
This is the perfect time to make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing up-to-date identification. Most veterinarians and shelters offer microchipping. If your pet is already microchipped, be sure the company has your current address and phone numbers.
**Walk-in appointments available daily from 2-4 p.m. for microchipping in Seattle Humane's veterinary clinic.

• FEED TREATS MADE FOR PETS
Chocolate and other seemingly harmless ingredients can be poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep them out of reach. Dispose of the wrappers where pets can’t get to them to avoid choking and explain to your children why Fluffy can’t share their treats.

• DECORATE WITH CAUTION
Tail wagging is a good thing – unless it’s done around a lit candle! Keep candles and lit jack-o-lanterns at a height where your pets can’t knock them over or get burned. By following these helpful tips, Halloween can be a fun and safe holiday for pets and people alike.

• BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES
Be prepared in case your pet ingests chocolate or xylitol-sweetened candy. Know the nearest emergency animal hospital. Contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 for immediate help.

Animal Medical Center of Seattle (AMCS) (in Shoreline!) is a fully staffed, veterinarian owned, 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital located in Shoreline at 14810 15th Avenue NE, Suite B, Shoreline 98155.

Phone 206-204-3366 to give them a heads-up that you are coming and what the problem is.



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