5 HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS
We all want you and your pets to have a Happy and Safe Halloween. Pets can join in the fun but taking safety precautions could save them a trip to the pet ER this Halloween season.
1.) Keep candy away from pets.
Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, bleeding, and more. You should seek immediate veterinary care for your pet if you suspect they have eaten candy or chocolate. Also, after Halloween night, do a walk through of your yard to ensure trick or treaters didn’t accidentally drop candy in your yard or areas that you walk your pet.
This time of year holiday scented candles are lit up and candles are also used to light up pumpkins. You must keep these out of reach from your pets. Some pets can become curious and get a little too close to the flame and get burned. They could also push over a candle and cause injury and also fire damage. You can opt to use battery operated candles, but still ensure you keep away from curious cats and puppies.
3.) Ensure your pet’s id and microchip is up to date.
With all the spooky sounds of Halloween and door bell rings and knocks from trick or treaters, pets can be easily spooked. These are noises that can cause stress similar to fireworks during the 4th of July. Many pets may runaway and this is why it is vital to not only secure your doors, but to also ensure your pet’s id and microchip are up to date. Pets that are scared may run very far. If they are found by the pound or by a good samaritan, chances of you being reunited are a lot greater if you ensure your pet has their collar with id on and that the microchip information is up to date with current phone numbers etc.
4.) Do not leave pets with costumes on unattended.
Some pets love to wear costumes and some pets just tolerate them. You have to ensure that the costume you get for your pet, not only fits, but that your pet is not left unattended with their costume on. Some costumes may have small parts on them that they can swallow or can have elastic or string that can tighten on your pet and cause loss of blood circulation or be a choking hazard.
5.) Keep pet indoors on Halloween night.
On Halloween night there is a lot of activity going on outside. There is a lot of kids, people in costumes, traffic, loud noises, and even some pranksters. To be safe, keep your pets indoors on Halloween night. If you are giving candy at your door, ensure your pet is in a secured room so they cannot get out. Some pets may take the opportunity of the open door to runaway. You can also run the risk of your frightened pet being protective and biting or scratching a trick or treater that spooked them.
If you need any help or have any questions about safety tips for pets, please give us a call. We hope that you and your pets Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!
Written by Susan Aranda