Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many families, but it can be a difficult day to be a pet. Whether you are heading to a party, taking your pet trick or treating, or handing out candy at home, there are a number of ways that homeowners can keep their pets safe on Halloween.

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Pet costumes are a cute and fun way to get your animal into the holiday spirit on Halloween. However, it is important to choose a pet costume wisely to avoid overstressing your dog or cat.

– Avoid costumes that are held on by rubber bands. Costumes or costume pieces that are held on by rubber bands can pose a danger to pets; if they chew off the rubber bands, they can choke or cause intestinal injuries. Likewise, they can cut into or irritate skin or fur.
– Ensure the costume does not obstruct your pet’s vision. With lots of new sights and smells on Halloween, having obstructed vision can make even gentle pets snappy.
– Make sure pets are comfortable. Not every pet likes being dressed up! No matter how cute they may look, ensure your pet is comfortable in their costume.

Keep pets away from the front door

Move both cats and dogs to a different area of the house before trick or treaters begin to arrive. The constant opening and closing of the front door can be too tempting for many pets, who may see it as an opportunity to escape. Likewise, dogs, in particular, are often stressed by repeated knocking on the door or ringing of the doorbell. If your pet is particularly sensitive to noise, consider sitting outside on the porch to avoid too many people approaching the house and overstressing your pet.

Bring pets inside

Unfortunately, many beloved pets have fallen prey to pranksters on Halloween. Keep pets inside to keep them safe – and to prevent them from being stressed by so many people walking by.

Be careful around lit pumpkins

Pets are often attracted to bright lights – particularly when it is dark in the room. Many curious kitties have gotten burned while trying to play with a lit candle; extinguish candles or leave other lights on in the room to reduce the risk of injury to your pet.

Never give candy to pets

As a general rule, animals should not be fed people food. This is especially true on Halloween when many types of candy are extremely harmful to pets. Safety concerns with Halloween candy include:

  •  Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to pets.
  • Sticks: Lollipops, suckers, candy apples, and other treats often have hard sticks. If swallowed, these can cause choking or damage to the digestive system.
  • Foil wrappers: In addition to causing intestinal blockages, foil wrappers can become as sharp as razors when swallowed. This can lead to serious damage to the digestive system and other internal organs.

Keep your pet safe this Halloween

While it’s possible to include pets in the Halloween festivities, it is important to take steps to keep your pets safe on October 31st. For more Halloween safety tips for pets, contact 5 Points Animal Hospital today!

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