Halloween is a great time of year for your family and friends. It can also be a very strange time for small children and pets that don’t understand all the festivities, like costumes and trick or treat. Here are 5 tips to keep your pet safe on Halloween.
Keep Your Pet Away From Candy and Other Toxins
Dogs especially and some cats like to eat things besides their food. Your veterinarian can tell you many stories of foreign things pets ingest and the surgeries required to remove the items. Candy wrappers, lollipop sticks, costumes and candles are just a few of the items your pet may ingest during Halloween.
Besides foreign items, some pets love candy and will consume large amounts if given the opportunity. Be sure and keep candy away from your pets. Remember, Chocolate, raisins and Xylitol and other pet toxins are poisonous to pets.
Keep Your Pet Away From The Excitement
Some pets handle noise and excitement better than others. Halloween is really noisy with all the doorbell ringing and children running around. Most pets are better off left in a quiet back bedroom. Many pets will get excited and dash out the door. Some pets will also become more aggressive if they are scared. Other pets will hide and be miserable. If you suspect your pet may have pet anxiety on Halloween, it is best to keep them in a room where they can avoid the excitement.
Keep Your Pet Inside
Halloween is a time for all kinds of pranks. You don’t want to find out a mean-spirited neighbor is bothering your pet. Keep your pets inside where they are safe. Pets can also get disoriented during Halloween and run off. This is a good time to get a microchip or update your microchip if you need to and make sure your pet is wearing his or her tags.
Avoid Pet Costumes
Pet costumes can be hazardous to your pet. If you decide to dress your pet up, make sure the costume isn’t too snug. Make sure it doesn’t have ties and belts that can cause them difficulty moving. Costumes can cause bodily injury and strangulation too. If you do dress up your pet, make sure you are close by to keep and eye on them. Don’t force your pet to wear a costume if they hate it. Also remember costumes can be eaten and cause obstruction.
Avoid Fires and Keep Your Pet Safe on Halloween
Halloween decorations can peak your pets curiosity. Make sure candles and other decorations aren’t in a place where your pet will knock them over. Pumpkin is usually safe but can cause an upset stomach if your pet eats too much. Electric shock, fires and other calamities can be avoided with a little precaution.
Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic hopes you, your family and your furry babies are safe this Halloween. If you have any questions or suspect your pet has ingested something, please call our office right away, we will be happy to assist you.