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Pet Safety During Halloween

Pet Safety During Halloween

Halloween is around the corner, and here are some tips on how to make this HOWL-o-ween full of treats and not tricks for your pet. Below are some frightening facts from Nationwide Pet insurance. Read these tips to avoid potential Halloween hazards.

Halloween is the busiest time of year for Pet Poison Helpline, and it is the second most common holiday for pets to get lost. Halloween can be noisy so make sure your pets have a safe, quiet place to rest. If you have any questions on how to make your pet more comfortable with loud noises there are several suggestions our vets can give from thunder jackets to medication. Call and make an appointment if you have any questions. Most importantly, in case your pet escapes, make sure your pet has a current picture, collar with ID tag, and a microchip.

Many people choose to dress their pets up for Halloween. Before doing so make sure their costume is not constricting and that there are no choking hazards such as ribbon or string hanging from their costume. If your pet is dressed up, it is important to supervise them at all times.

According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, the average treatment cost of chocolate toxicity is $400, candle burns averages at $175, and ingestion of costume parts averages to $1,788. Chewing gum and raisins are also poisonous to pets. We want to make sure your pet remains safe during Halloween so be aware of their surroundings. If you have an after-hours emergency, you can contact DFW North Emergency Pet Clinic at 469.464.2964.

Clinical signs of chocolate toxicity can vary depending on the amount of chocolate ingested and the size of your pet. The most common signs are vomiting and diarrhea, increased thirst, panting, frequent urination, and a rapid heartbeat. Severe cases of toxicity can include tremors, seizures and heart failure. If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate seek immediate veterinary care. Time is of the essence, so contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline. Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Flower Mound can be reached during business hours at 972.355.0008.

As always your pet’s safety and comfort is our priority. Keep these tips in mind as Halloween approaches. You can get a pet insurance quote from Nationwide by going to www.petinsurance.com. Please call us for any questions!

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