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Halloween advice


Halloween is nearly upon us - it can be a spooky night for our furry friends, in which even the fiercest hell hound can become a scaredy cat! So we recommend some common sense precautions to make the evening a much more pleasant experience for them.

As with all holidays, keep your decorations out of reach, especially electric wires. Curious cats can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire (firemen are not fans of tea lights generally) or get singed by candle flame.

Reserve the chocolates and sweets for trick-or-treaters. Chocolates are poisonous to pets and even sugar-free treats containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems.

Pumpkin is relatively non-toxic but can still cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested in large quantities.

Don't force your pet to wear a Halloween costume. Unless your animal loves it, these can cause undue stress, so try it on before the big night and see how they react. If they are wearing a costume, make sure it does not restrict their breathing or movement. Check for easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard or which could snag.

Halloween is the one night of the year where we welcome a flurry of visitors at our homes. The constant activity, with the doorbell ringing and the door opening and closing to reveal bizarrely dressed strangers can be very stressful for pets. Keep both cats and dogs in a separate room during trick-or-treating hours, maybe with a radio on.

Keep them where they cannot dash outside. Stray pets, especially black cats, are vulnerable to Halloween pranksters. Make sure your pets are microchipped and their details are up-to-date, just in case. If you do have an escaped pet and you can't find them in the immediate vicinity make use of the following numbers (maybe save them on your phone now as a precaution):.

       K9 Search UK : 07988433187

       Lost & Found Cats West Midlands: 07713694379

       PetLog: 08706066751

Have a Happy Halloween from all of us at Orchard Vets! §