The leaves are changing, the air is getting colder, and that’s never been more obvious than when I got off the plane last week after a trip to Florida. It’s good to be back home in Kingston and now it’s time to prepare your pets for the next few months. Some of these things may seem like common sense, but it’s always good for a refresher.

Halloween Safety: Peril to Consider

Halloween is this week! The peril of chocolate has been better known for some time, but what about some other things that could end up in the treat bag? Gums or other sweets containing xylitol can also be fatal. Once digested it can cause liver failure and low blood sugar to cause seizures. They need to be decontaminated AS soon as possible, and while the smell of spearmint-laden vomit isn’t terrible, we don’t want your pet to take the chance.

When I was a child, occasionally someone threw some money in my pocket…just change really not enough for a 12 year old to retire on. If after 1982 there were American pennies or Canadian pennies from 1997-1999 (which we completely eliminated in Canada), they too can be toxic to your dog. Apart from the obstruction, the body actually begins to eat the coin, and the zinc in the coins causes anemia.

Dressing your pet? Sure, why not!? Many people like to dress the pets together with the children because let’s face it, they are really cute. I warn against looking for loose cords that cats can swallow, or unsecured pieces that could also be eaten by your dog. In addition, make sure that the costumes are not too tight or tight with elastic, which can cause problems with suffocation or blood circulation.

Do you have a black cat? To previously discussed black cats on Friday the 13th and the origins of people’s fears from the time of witchcraft. The same rules apply because humans can be mean and can harm black cats due to ignorance. It’s best to keep them indoors during Halloween.

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Dr. Ryan Llera is a small veterinarian who lives and works in Kingston, Ontario, where he has been an Associate Vet at Kingston Veterinary Clinic since 2012. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Although originally from Florida, he married a Canadian (who is also a veterinarian!) and made the trek north. He and his wife Jennifer share their home with 3 cats, 2 dogs and 2 horses. You can find more of Ryan’s blogs instagram Facebook or Instagram @DrRyanLlera or Instagram @drryanllera or see what else he’s up to

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