Top Ten Pet Safety Tips for Halloween
- Keep your animals indoors on Halloween to protect them from any trouble that stirs up. There have been reports of pet theft and pet harassment, particularly involving black cats.
- Do not leave your dog in the car on Halloween.
- Trick or Treat is fun for the kiddies, but it can be hazardous for your furry companions. Chocolate is dangerous in all forms. Dark or baker’s chocolate is particularly harmful because it contains higher levels of theobromine, which can cause nerve damage or death in dogs. Candies containing xylitol can be problematic as well. Please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect poisoning.
- Halloween means lots of costumes. Ghosts and goblins are fun for us, but potentially scary for our animals! Try to walk your dog before trick- or- treaters are out and about. Also be aware that your animals may be frightened when Frankenstein and Dracula come to your door for candy. If so, put them in a quiet room away from the front door. Make sure all of your pets have proper ID just in case they slip out the door during all of the commotions.
- Make sure your pets can’t reach your Halloween decorations. They can cause choking or stomach upset if ingested. If you have jack-o-lanterns be aware of the lit candles and keep them away from your animal.
- If your cat or dog has anxiety issues, be aware that Halloween may be a stressful time for them. Take measures to reduce your pet’s exposure to potentially scary situations, such as loud noises, groups of people, and big costumes. Consider crating them, which can make them feel safe. Give them their favorite chew toy or blanket to comfort them.
- If you do dress up your pet, double check that the costume isn’t dangerous or aggravating for them. Remove any small parts that could be a choking hazard. Make sure your animal can breathe, see, and hear while wearing the costume. If you notice any unusual behavior take the costume off.
- Be aware of candy and candy wrappers on the streets during the weeks surrounding Halloween. Make sure you do a sweep outside and look for any litter that could pose a threat to your animal. If you have kids, explain to them the dangers of candy and candy wrappers to your pets.
- Note that some people hand out coins instead of candy. Take care that your animal doesn’t swallow the coins. Ingested pennies can cause severe health problems and even death due to their zinc content.
- Be aware that schools, neighborhoods, and individuals celebrate Halloween on different days. Be alert throughout October and the beginning of November.
A SAFE HALLOWEEN MEANS A FUN HALLOWEEN FOR YOU AND YOUR PETS…