Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents

No tricks, No treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call us immediately.

Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets that nibble on them.Corn cobs can cause obstructions that may require bowel surgery so take caution when decorating your home.

A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle.Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

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 that prefer their “birthday suits” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement, hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go just as his furry self.

Take a close look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he/she could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

IDs, pleaseAlways make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar, tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
 

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!