Halloween tricks for your pets

Nothing is quite as comical or cute as your pet in a Halloween costume. And there is no reason to keep your pet from participating in the celebrations, but common sense and caution should be applied. To ensure a fun and safe holiday for you all, consider these tips:

All tricks – no sweet treats for pets. Keep all candy out of reach of the canines. “While chocolate is especially toxic, any candy in general can cause issues,” says Dr. Natalie Dyson, owner of St. Francis Veterinary Center. “Ingestion of candy can lead to diabetic problems and stomach upset.”

Boo! Trick-or-treaters, doorbells ringing, strange costumes and masks can be unsettling to your pets and leave them anxious. Dyson has a fix for that. “If your pet has a kennel or bed, move it to a closed area like a bedroom or bathroom so they aren’t bothered by the noises and costumes,” suggests Dyson.

Dog Trick or Treat at Pet Nation Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Navarre Animal Hospital is hosting a costume contest on their Facebook page until Oct. 23.

For more information, read the Oct. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

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