Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! Below we have listed a few common holiday hazards. Avoid these things and keep you and your furry ones safe this Halloween.
- Candy: It’s hard enough for a human to stop at just one piece of candy, so imagine how difficult it is for a pet. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis, which may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy. Chocolate is more poisonous to pets than any other candy. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, chemicals similar to caffeine that can quickly sicken dogs. In general, the darker the chocolate, the more poisonous it is. Candies also containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also cause problems.
- Costumes: Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it; yup, a few pets are real hams! For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. Some costumes can cause discomfort in pets and any metallic bands, snaps, or other small pieces can results in choking or serious poisoning if ingested.
- Dangers with the door: Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, along with the doorbell frequently ringing, but strangers will be dressed up in unusual costumes and yelling loudly. This can be scary for your fury friends. Dogs that are especially territorial may become anxious and growl at tick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside.
- Leaving pets outside: Animals are at risk for cruel treatment by some Halloween pranksters. Keep pets inside during trick-o-treaters hours to also prevent them from getting out of fenced yards with open gates. It is recommended to keep your outdoor cats inside for several days before as well as several days after Halloween; black cats are especially at risk for pranks and other cruel incidents. Proper ID on a collar will help identify your furry friend if they do get out on Halloween. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver.
We wish you and your family a safe Halloween!!