As we approach Halloween in Marlboro or as we at Animal Health Care of Marlboro like to say Howl-a-ween, we wanted to share some safety tips from the ASPCA to ensure your pets in our Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold and surrounding areas have a happy, safe and healthy Halloween.
- Paws off the candy: in addition to chocolate which can be dangerous for dogs and cats, candies containing the artificial sweetener, xylitol, can also cause problems for your pets.
- Popular Halloween plants, like pumpkins and decorative corn, are considered relatively non-toxic, but can still give your pets and upset stomach if they decide to take a nibble.
- Jack-o-lanterns are festive and fun decorations, but be cautious if you put a lit candle inside. Pets can easily knock over a pumpkin and cause a fire.
- If you decide to put your pet in costume, make sure the costume is safe. It shouldn’t restrict your pets movement, vision or hearing or impede the ability to breathe, bark, or meow… or “wheek” if you have a guinea pig. Also, make sure the costume doesn’t have small, dangling pieces which could pose a choking hazard. If your pet is anxious or nervous around strangers, be sure to keep them separated from the door during peak trick or treat hours. And, when the door opens for the trick or treaters knocks make sure your pet doesn’t dart out an open door.
If you can’t be sure your pets will be safe or if you won’t be home and you need a safe place for the day or night for your pets, please call us! We have quiet stay-cation options for their stay at our hospital as we are open 7 days a week and can provide a fear-free environment for them during the festivities.
If you’re in doubt or need additional information about your pet’s safety during this or any other holiday, please contact your pet’s vet at Animal Health Care of Marlboro: we want to be you resource for pet care in our Marlboro pet community!
Stop in and celebrate safe pet care during Halloween with us and the pets in our family!