Halloween is a fun and tasty time for people, but many things associated with the holiday can put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important tips to make sure your pets stay healthy and happy:
- Chocolate and xylitol (a sweetener often found in peanut butter and chewing gum) are extremely toxic to pets. Chocolate can cause upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures. Xylitol can bring on low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and even death if large amounts are consumed. It’s important to tuck all candy away so it stays out of paw’s reach, and make sure kids know not to feed candy to pets.
- Keep pets away from the front door, especially if they have anxiety issues or are territorial. Trick-or-treaters will be knocking and ringing the doorbell all night, so putting them in a quieter, more secure place will lower their anxiety. Plus, you’ll be opening and closing the door frequently, so keeping them away limits their ability to attempt an escape.
- Black cats are often targeted on and around Halloween. If you have a black cat that spends time outside, consider bringing your pet inside for the week around Halloween.
Have more questions about keeping your pet safe this Halloween? Call us at 970-368-4032.
Is your best friend secretly a superhero? Does your kitty cat sometimes wear a suit and tie when they go to work? Or has your doggie always wanted to be a ballerina, dinosaur, pirate or banana? Well, get those cute and fun Halloween outfits ready—Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital is holding a pet costume contest!
We promise this isn’t just an excuse to see your adorable pets in their adorable outfits. To prove this to you, the winner of our contest will receive an awesome pet gift basket and a gift certificate to Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital! All you have to do to enter your best friend is look for the costume contest post on our Facebook page, and submit a photo of your dressed-up pet in the comments. Then, share the post with your friends and family to get as many likes as possible. The pet with the most likes will be our winner!
We can’t wait to see your pets in their creative outfits. Have fun and just remember, creativity counts!