Environmental hazards pose as great a threat to your pets as do the candies and other goodies this time of year.
If wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations are chewed, your pet could be electrocuted, or at the least experience serious burns to the mouth or damage from shards of glass or hard plastic. Rabbits, ferrets, and rodents are especially fond of chewing on wires. Make sure your exotic pets cannot reach the wires leading to any decorations or lights.
Be careful with decorations that could either entangle a pet or be swallowed, such as fake spider webs, tinsel decorations, or stringy wigs. These new items will be very interesting to curious little pets, fun to chew, and ingesting them can easily be lethal.
Lit candles add to the ambiance this time of year, but a small pet can easily knock over a candle by accident, stick a curious paw on the flame, or turn around and acidentally catch a long tail in the fire.
Keep the carved pumpkins containing candles well out of the reach of any pets (good luck with cats, rats, birds and other extremely mobile pets). Pets can also knock a small lit pumpkin over or stick a curious paw inside the pumpkin, sustaining burns. A battery-operated pumpkin light eliminates this threat.
Keep your pets in mind when decorating your home for Halloween. Rabbits, rodents and ferrets love to explore and chew on things. Make sure decorations are out of their reach and make sure they are non-toxic, just in case they find a way to get at them.
If you do suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the nearest emergency veterinary clinic immediately. In Dayton:
- The Dayton Emergency Veterinary Clinic is at 2714 Springboro Pike West (937) 293-2714 or 1-800-289-1165
- The Dayton Care Center for Animal Emergency & Critical Care is at 6405 Clyo Rd, Centerville, 937-428-0911
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