Tips for pet safety on Halloween


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - With Halloween just a day away, safety is a main priority for many parents, and officials.

However, not only is child safety on the forefront of people's minds, but pet safety is also important as well.

Vets have given out tips in order to steer your furry friends away from potential danger, as you prepare for Thursday's festivities:

1) Hide the sweets - chocolate, gum, and artificial sweeteners can be hazardous to your pet's health.

2) Never leave pets alone - If you have decorations, they could provide a potential choking hazard for a curious pet left unattended.

Leave your pets out of the party - Costumes are confusing to pets, who will be unable to recognize people dressed up for the holidays.

If you let your pet run freely during the party, or while opening the door for trick-or-treaters, they may become nervous, scared, anxious, or defensive, which could lead to dangerous situations for both the pets and the people around them.

"For those pets that are anxious around commotion, with doorbells ringing, etc, keep them in a safe place," said Dr. Frank Mondi of the New Hartford Animal Hospital. "keep them in their carriers, or in other rooms making sure they're away from that confusion."

Dr. Mondi also warned that if you suspect your pet ate chocolate, or other potentially toxic human food, call your vet immediately. The earlier you resolve the problem, the better it will be.

Some symptoms of pet "food poisoning" include vomiting and listlessness, both are very serious signs.

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