Pet Doc with Nikki Burdine: Keeping pets safe on Halloween

Weekend Extra

As Halloween approaches it’s important to think about keeping our pets safe on this spooky holiday. Dr. Staci Cannon with Metro Animal Care and Control joined Nikki Burdine to talk pet safety. 

“First thinking about the treats, the human treats are out and about.  A lot of chocolate, a lot of candy that people have for trick or treating, that can be toxic for our pets.  We want to make sure it’s secured away from where our pets can access. Chocolate can be toxic, but also something called ‘xylitol,’ which is an artificial sweetener, so that can cause serious illness in our dogs.  We want to make sure all of the candy and treats are kept away from our pets,” says Dr. Cannon. 

Now if you are interested in dressing up your pets in those adorable costumes, a few things you should keep in mind.

“It’s important to get them used to that costume, make sure they are comfortable in it, not frightened by it.  You can acclimate them to it in advance especially if you are planning on taking them out for Halloween and make sure you don’t leave them unattended wearing their costume.  We don’t want them getting tangled up in the strings or the fasteners and certainly, we don’t want them to chew it and ingest that material,” says Dr. Cannon. 

Finally, Trick-or-Treaters coming to the front door can be stressful for some pets.

“Some pets are going to be very interested in dashing out the door, we want to make sure they are secure. So if your pet is comfortable with visitors that’s great, have them on a leash, have them secure. If they are going to be frightened by a lot of children or children wearing costumes it may be best to keep your pet in a room separate from the front door so that they can enjoy their chew toy and be distracted by what’s going on,” says Dr. Cannon. 

If you have questions for Dr. Cannon for our Pet Doc Segment, email news@wkrn.com. 

As always we like to end our Pet Dog segments with an adoptable dog. Angel is a sweet pocket-pittie and she is looking for her forever home at Metro Animal Care and Control. She’s about 4-years-old and weighs less than 40 lbs, so she is pretty small. She loves to cuddle and is also very good on a leash. 

All weekend long Metro Animal Care & Control is offering an adoption special where potential adopters can draw from a candy bowl to pick your adoption fee, ranging from 0$ to $20. The shelter is full right now, so it’s the perfect time to adopt! Metro Animal Care and Control is open every day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 5125 Harding Place.  

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