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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

What to do if your dog consumes Chocolate


Whether it be a bite size candy bar or a few chocolate cookies, it can be very dangerous for dogs to consume any amounts of chocolate, especially those with already sensitive stomachs.


Pets WebMD states:


Dark chocolates, baking chocolate, and dry cocoa powder are more dangerous than white or milk chocolate. But 1 ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight could still be deadly.

And unlike most cats, which don’t have a sweet tooth, dogs will eat almost anything. They also don’t know when they’re full. They will eat as much as they can get ahold of. A 10-pound dog can easily eat a pound of chocolate.


Most animals will vomit by themselves, however you may need to induce vomiting for them depending on how much they ate, how sensitive they generally are to dietary changes and by what symptoms, if any, they are showing. Note that symptoms may not occur for anywhere from 6-12 hours after consumption, and can last up to 72 hours or more.


Symptoms include:


· Extreme thirst

· Diarrhea

· Too much energy

· Pacing

· Panting

· Shaking

· Seizures


It is not recommended to wait for symptoms to appear however, as the toxicity may be to great for your pet to manage. The stimulants in chocolate stay in the body a long time. Your animal has a better chance of survival when you choose to act quickly.


Most vets recommend using hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. The dosage is 1 tablespoon for every 20 pounds. You can use a turkey baster or medicine dropper to administer, alternatively you can try to hide it in unsweetened peanut butter or some canned wet food. Follow this with approximately 1 cup of water and a brisk 5 minute walk to get the liquid working quickly.


Vets will usually treat chocolate poisoning by inducing vomiting and with IV fluids/drugs.

Please remember always to call your veterinarian first!


Trick or Treaters causing anxiety for your pets


While you may look forward to seeing the kids in all their imaginative and colorful costumes, the constant door bell ringing and strangers approaching the front door may trigger some unwanted anxiety or stress for your dog or cat.


There are many ways to soothe them during this tough time:


· Give them calming treats about half an hour before the festivities begin. We like to recommend NaturVet Quiet Moments Soft Chews for both cats and dogs. https://naturvet.com/product/quiet-moments-soft-chews/

Also available are TrueLeaf Calming Chews for dogs

https://www.trueleafpet.ca/collections/truehemp/products/true-hemp-calming-ca


· Leave the pets in a quiet room with their favorite bed or toys until the evening settles. You may want to use a synthetic pheromone spray in the room to help ease their anxiety. We like to recommend NaturVet Quiet Moments Herbal Calming Spray for both cats and dogs.


https://naturvet.com/product/quiet-moments-herbal-calming-spray-cats/

· Another amazing product that can be helpful for both dogs and cats is the Thunder Shirt.

https://www.thundershirt.com/classic-thundershirt.html


· If your cat tends to roam the outdoors regularly, it is suggested to keep them inside that evening, as the streets will be abnormally busy, which could cause them to wander into unfamiliar territory. No one wants their kitties out in the cold overnight! (Black cats are unfortunately known for disappearing Halloween night!) Keep your kitties safe. 😊


Costume Safety for Pets


Planning on dressing up your furry friend for the Halloween walk with the kids?

Here are a few things to consider to keep everyone safe on the streets that night:


· Neck, leg and tail openings should be large enough to allow comfortable movement

· Fasteners (Velcro, elastics) shouldn’t pinch or rub your pets’ skin

· Allow a two-finger gap between the costume and your pets’ neck so as not to restrict airway flow

· Ensure there are no parts that may obstruct their path of vision

· Remove any parts that may be tripped over or chewed on

· Keep their usual ID tags on

· Walk with a short leash for everyone’s safety

· Have reflective parts or strobing LED collars or clips for visibility

· Remember that seeing all the crazy costumes can sometimes be overwhelming or frightening for your pet. Even the gentlest of dogs can become aggressive if they feel threatened or scared. If you notice your dogs’ behavior changing, it’s a sure sign to get them home so they can unwind from the excitement.




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