A safe Halloween for your pets Costumes, constant treaters at the door, and candy may be the makings of a fun Halloween for us, but can lead to a truly scary Halloween for our pets. Here are some helpful tips to help keep the furry members of your family safe.
1. Keep Treats out of Reach Chocolate, candy, and gum are toxic to dogs. Some candy contains xylitol which, when ingested by animals, can cause low blood glucose (sugar) and liver damage. If your pet does ingest some treats, please call your veterinarian immediately. Keep treats away from your children unless you are supervising them. Children may drop candy or wrappers allowing your pet to snatch them up.
2. Careful with costumes Yes, costumes on our pets can be fun for us, let’s make sure they’re fun for our pets too! Some pets may have anxiety from costumes. If you do dress your pet up, make sure they don’t tear up those costumes. We don’t want an unplanned button or fabric snack!
3. No décor for dessert Although pumpkins, corn, and gourds are not directly toxic to animals, they can cause gastrointestinal upset and sometimes even an obstruction.
4. Tail Fail Sometimes a dog’s tail is impossible to control! A safe alternative to candles in our jack-o-lanterns on Halloween are those battery operated lights.
5. Nervous nelly? During trick-or-treating times, your doorbell might constantly be ringing. Between the constant doorbell, and kids dressed up in costumes, this may cause anxiety for your pet. Maybe give him/her a high-value treat such as a peanut butter kong or a nyla bone with the radio or TV turned on to provide a distraction.
6. Secure for safety No escape artists! Especially for the cat families, please keep your animals safely away from the door. Sometimes dog’s become fearful and aggressive when they see strangers and strange costumes. Plus, kids may be nervous around your pets so it’s better to keep your pet in a safe place away from the door.
7. Protect your pets Bring your 4 legged family members inside before it gets dark outside. This will keep them out of harms way just in case some Halloween pranksters are up to no good.
8. ID Bling No matter what, on Halloween your pet’s costume should include a collar. It is important to keep identification on just in case you do get an escape artist on all hallows eve!
9. In case you walk with Waldo If you decide to bring your dog with on Halloween, make sure to have a secure leash, collar, harness, or gentle leader and maybe even some dog kibble in your pocket to encourage obedient walking.
10. Don’t ignore the cords A tip that can be carried over for our other holidays coming up, please keep electrical cords safely out of reach and in discrete locations to prevent unwanted chewing. Cats and dogs, especially the younger ones, may think a cord is an excellent chew toy but can cause serious damage to their mouth and lungs.
Dr. Wolff and Catawba Animal Clinic wish you and your pets a safe and happy Halloween.