|Halloween Tips for Pet Owners|
(Stillwater, Okla., October 23, 2013) – Halloween will soon be here. Pet owners can do a few things to help ensure this holiday is fun for their four-legged family members, too.
To dress up or not to dress up your pet – that is the question. Costumes should be selected with caution. Make sure your pet’s vision, movement or air intake is not impaired. Avoid beads or other small parts that could result in an intestinal obstruction or perforation if swallowed. Dying or coloring your pet’s fur can be harmful.
Be careful when using candles. Wagging tails or curious noses can be burned. Glow sticks and glow jewelry contents can cause mouth pain and irritation if ingested.
Keep chocolate, grapes and raisins away from pets. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is if eaten. Grapes and raisins are extremely toxic to dogs if eaten in large amounts. So it is best to just not feed them at all. Sweet foods in general should be avoided. So this means to keep the children’s “candy treasures” in a safe place and that your children know not to feed any of their goodies to their pet.
The best treats to offer your pets so they can join in the Halloween festivities are those specifically made/formulated for dogs or cats. Items such as milk bones or jerky treats are the safest and your pet will never know whether they are getting the chocolate goodie the kids are eating or the treat made just for them.
If your pet eats something that could be poisonous, consult your veterinarian right away! In case of an emergency, the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital is open 24 hours/7 days a week at (405) 744-7000.
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university. OSU's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma. One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, it is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The center's Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. OSU is preparing students for a brighter future and building a brighter world for all. OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high quality teaching, research and outreach. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.