It’s October and HALLOWEEN is quickly approaching.  I don’t know about you, but it is one of my favorite times of year.  You have probably been thinking long and hard about what to wear to that party.  Also, you have to get the kids to dressed up and take them  trick-or-treating.  You have decorated your house (or not).  You have thought of everything…but what about your pets?

This can be a SCAREY time of year for your pets.  First of all, they may not appreciate you dressing them up, but if they do tolerate it, it can be down right cute.  There are other things to consider when it comes to your pets.  The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has issued a list of 7 things you can do to make Halloween safe for your pets.  The list is as follows…..

  • Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  • If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  • If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  • Keep your pet inside.

Your Las Vegas Pet Sitter says…”Have a good time and be safe!”