October 31, 2012
BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2012 – As Massachusetts gears up for the annual Halloween fright-fest by selecting costumes and canvassing front lawns with headstones and spider webs, Angell Animal Medical Center today issued specific recommendations to help families enjoy the Holiday while keeping their pets safe and healthy.
Topping the list of recommendations is a plea for pet owners to keep their four-legged friends inside during Halloween, with plenty of fresh food and water, and safe places to hide from the steady stream of visiting trick-or-treaters. The second most important recommendation is to mind the candy bowl very carefully.
Chocolate or other Halloween treats can be harmful (or fatal) if swallowed. “Ginger Rogers,” a sweet Schnauzer who lives with her family in Brookline, Mass. was rushed to the animal ER yesterday after she found and consumed a chocolate bar. The quick thinking of her owner, coupled with emergency treatment at Angell, helped avoid long-term health implications, and Ginger is now on her way back home.
"Ginger Rogers" just prior to her Oct. 31 discharge from Angell Animal Medical Center after emergency treatment to remove chocolate from her stomach (credit: MSPCA-Angell)
The following are additional safety tips that the veterinary team at Angell Animal Medical Center encourage all pet owners to follow:
“Too often we encounter medical emergencies on Halloween, whether it’s the family dog who ingested chocolate, or a beloved black cat who fell victim to a Holiday prank. Many Holiday-related medical emergencies can be avoided if pet owners followed these simple tips,” said Meg Whelan, DVM, DACVECC, Angell Animal Medical Center. “We urge all pet owners to adhere to these guidelines so that they and their pets have a safe Halloween.”
In case of an emergency, Angell Animal Medical Center’s Emergency/Critical Care service can be reached 24 hours a day at 617-522-7282 or pet owners can find more information about staff and services at www.angell.org/emergency
Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.