Halloween is an exciting time of the year. For many people and families, it is the highlight of the autumn season. Your pets may not be quite as thrilled about it, though. Pets may get stressed, and many Halloween items are hazardous to their health. If you want to keep your pets healthy, use these Halloween safety tips:
Secure Pets During Trick-or-Treating Hours
If you will be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, secure your pet. If your dog uses a kennel, put Fido in there. Dogs, cats, and other pets can also be kept in a room away from the front door. You may consider setting up a little treat station at the end of your driveway, so that trick-or-treaters do not come up to your front door. To prevent dog fights, keep dogs on a leash while out walking with trick-or-treaters. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on your leashed pet, because distracted drivers could accidentally hit your furry companion.
Keep Treats and Decorations Out of Reach
Many Halloween treats that taste good to you are unsafe for your pets. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and candy with xylitol as an artificial sweetener could poison your dog or cat. Keep bowls of treats secured with a lid and out of reach. If you think your pet ate some candy, bring it in for emergency veterinary care. Avoid using real candles in jack-o-lanterns because your pet could get curious, knock it over, and start a fire or get burned. Pumpkins and dried cobs of corn may cause an upset stomach if your pet takes a few bites.
Choose Costumes Wisely
If you choose to dress your dog or cat in a Halloween costume, select the costume wisely. Make sure that the costume does not impede your pet’s ability to move or see. The costume should also not interfere with your pet’s ability to breathe, bark, or meow. Check for loose threads or dangling items. Remove anything loose as ill-fitting costumes could entrap your pet.
If your dog or cat eats some Halloween candy or gets hurt, bring your pet in to see us at Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital as soon as possible. Contact us by giving us a call at 1-800-320-7001.