Happy Fall! Here at Edmond East Animal Hospital we love the changes in season, but it’s also important to remember that our pets can be exposed to new dangers as a result. We make it our priority to keep our patients safe and to keep our clients educated about their pet’s particular needs. We invite you to check out some tips about the most common fall and Halloween hazards that we see at our animal hospital.
What is the first thing that pops up when we think about Halloween? CANDY!
Tasty treats are some of the best guilty pleasures during any holiday, but for our pets they can be the most dangerous. Make sure that your pet is only receiving treats that are safe for them and never given a human treat such as chocolate or candy. Especially sugar free candy containing Xylitol, which is toxic for pets.
If candy wasn’t your first thought about Halloween, surely costumes were. Are you dressing your four-legged friend up this Halloween? Pets in costumes are the cutest things, but as a pet owner, it’s important to remember that it’s your responsibility to make sure they are also comfortable and safe in their costume.
Trick or Treating
If you plan on going trick or treating with your pet, or just an evening stroll, make sure they are VISIBLE. Keeping a flash light nearby is handy, there are also safety lights that can clip on to your pets collar or leashes that have reflectors on them. Anything to make you more visible to drivers and other pedestrians.
Fleas, Ticks, and Other Pests
Many pet owners are under the impression that the threat of potential pests lessens during cooler weather, but the truth is it actually INCREASES. Pests like fleas and ticks are looking for warm hosts and your pet is the perfect choice. Make sure that you’re still using all pest preventatives year round!
If you ever have questions don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help!