Nothing is quite as cute as a pug dressed as a princess. Or a Bassett hound in Yoda ears. But with the fun and surprises that the evening is sure to provide, there are a few very important reminders, which every Pet parent should keep in mind as they prepare to stock up on sweets and welcome the neighborhood kids to the door with tricks and treats.
- The key to any frightfully sweet Halloween are the sweets themselves. While a sugar is good for the soul, it’s essential that sweets (most importantly, chocolate) are kept far from the reach of our Pets. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and can even be fatal.
- Does your dog go nuts every time the doorbell rings? If so, Halloween can be particularly stressful for you and your furry family member. Maybe sit outside to greet your trick-or-treaters. To cold? Put your furry family member in a back room where s/he will be more comfortable. If the problem is so severe that he may hurt himself or cause damage, consult your Hannah behavior team for expert advice.
- While we all love the costumes, it’s important to take into consideration how your Pet is handling the situation. Certain costume accessories, such as masks and head adornments, can cause anxiety. Choose a costume that does not restrict vision, hearing or range of motion. Remember, that Batman mask might be super adorable to you, but it could be causing a great deal of stress or discomfort in your Pet.
Holidays and events such as Halloween, Independence Day and New Years are fun for all, but they could be having unexpected effects on our Pets. Hannah members always have a partner in dealing with these concerns. As part of Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, our behavior team is always available to answer questions and provide guidance.
But we don’t stop there. In addition to valuable behavioral training and support, Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program provides 100% of your Pet’s veterinary care (including vaccinations, dentals, parasite controls, emergency care and surgeries) and high quality Pet food delivered right to your door!
To learn more about Hannah’s TLC program, visit one of our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center or Washingto
n Square Mall.