7 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe On HalloweenWritten by James Kelly
Children aren't only ones who should be closely monitored on Halloween. The holiday can be a scary and dangerous time for your pet as well.
By following some simple tips you can keep your pet safe and comfortable without infringing on family fun:
1. Don't put costumes on your pets unless they are used to it. Wearing clothing can make pets uncomfortable and even sick.
2. Candy is for humans and not for their furry friends.
3. Chocolate is toxic to animals. It can make them very sick. Make sure that "after Halloween" candy is put away so your pet can’t get it--especially chocolate. We hear from owners every year of pets they had to take to emergency room because they managed to find candy and eat it. Give them a pet treat instead.
4. If you know or suspect your pet has eaten some Halloween candy contact your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. Some candies, especially chocolate, can be life threatening. If you can’t reach your veterinarian you can call ASPCA’s Poison Control Center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (888) 426- 4435.
Helping your pets cope with the stress caused by loud noise.Written by Mariangie Gonzalez
Which is noisiest species of all? Nope, not lions, or elephants, or geese… it’s us, humans. Our voices were not enough, we started making music and creating musical instruments to help us being louder.
This Holiday season will not only be noisy, this year we’re starting earlier because this year we have Election Day! Where I’m from, we go to streets and make loud noises with our car horns after results are official and we know our party won, maybe you’re so excited because you know your candidate is going to win, that you are already prepared with everything to celebrate your triumph noisiest way, but have you thought about how that noise affects your pet?
Pets don’t understand what is happening, even if you dress them with a patriotic costume. They don’t know this are “happy” noises, they just perceive them as a sign of danger. They get nervous, afraid, and if they feel they’re exposed they will try as hard as they can to look for a hideout, sometimes this means they run away.
What can you do to minimize effect of loud noises on your pet? 1. Ask your veterinarian if it’s recommended to give your pet a mild sedative, be sure to ask for correct dose depending on pet’s weight. There are natural remedies to cope with stress for pets you should consider those too.