Halloween may be scary fun for people, but it can be just plain scary for pets. And not only that. It can actually be dangerous.
Between unfamiliar noises including strangers coming to the door, even the most chilled out of animals can become frightened and behave atypically. In fact, both Halloween and the 4th of July see more pets getting lost than any other time of year because they get spooked by all the sounds and activity.
If you've got a pet, please make sure they're microchipped. That way, if they go missing and are found, a quick scan can identify them as yours and reunite you asap. Learn about microchipping HERE.
For a list of 24 hour emergency animal hospitals in the NY Metro area click HERE, To search by zip code click HERE. Also, be sure to keep the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Hotline available: (888) 426-4435. Get more safety tips from the ASPCA HERE.
Susan Whittred, DVM, is the Executive and Medical Director of the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc. in Oyster Bay, Long Island and also practices veterinary medicine at Animal Hospital of the Rockaways. 1010 WINS Anchor and AllForAnimalsTV host Susan Richard spoke to Dr. Whittred about some precautions pet parents should take during Halloween.
For a comprehensive list of resources for pet parents, click HERE and check out the videos with Dr. Whittred below!