Pet Safety Tips for Halloween!

Yay! It’s the time of year every kids looks forward to-Halloween! Like most kids, I was always excited for the candies, costumes, and decorations that go on in October. However, the dangers that this spooky season brings to our pets are real and should be considered when celebrating this year!

Candies!

First off, candies! Yum! Who doesn’t love getting tons of free candy on Halloween night, right? Our pets may try to encourage us to share these delicious goodies with them, but they aren’t aware of what harm can come to them. That’s why it’s our responsibility to keep our candy away in a secure location that they can’t get into. Chocolate may be your Halloween favorite but it’s actually quite poisonous for our furry friends to eat-some warning signs to look for are: vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and seizures.  Xylitol is an artificial sweetener commonly found in candy that can cause animals to have low blood sugar levels, seizures, liver failure and sometimes death. Please be cautious of the treats you give to your pet this Halloween as their bodies don’t handle candy as well as ours do. 

Candles

Another key activity of Halloween includes decorating with creepy crawlies, spooky skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns. It’s easy to go overboard with so many options for decorating but it’s best to keep in mind what can be a hazard for our furry friends. Any small pieces of plastic or décor may look like an appetizing treat to your pet and could cause obstructions which can lead to symptoms like vomiting, dehydration, lethargy, and weight loss. It’s also important to place any candles or jack-o-lanterns in an area that can’t be reached to avoid any burns or fire hazards.

Costumes

The highlight of Halloween night is getting to dress up and be anyone (or anything) you want to for the night-superheroes, musicians, actors, etc. The only thing that could make that more fun would be involving our pets right? However, it’s important to evaluate your pet’s comfort level and avoid costumes with pieces that might fall off and be eaten. Monitor your pet for any discomfort and watch their behavior to determine if that costume is the right fit for your pet.

Door Safety

The biggest safety issue for our indoor pets during Halloween is the door being open and closed regularly for trick or treaters. It’s every pet owner’s nightmare to have their pet escape into the unknown so it’s best to monitor the doors, make sure your pet is microchipped ahead of time, has its collar on with an I.D. tag, and leashed if needed. It’s recommended to keep any outdoor pets inside during the week prior to Halloween as it is a dangerous time for them to be outside. Just be cautious and aware of where your pets are to avoid them slipping out the door unnoticed.

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