Pet Halloween Safety
Holiday Season is upon us, and while the celebrations often bring cheer to human, the holidays hold many dangers for our pets. Here are some simple tips to ensure your holidays aren't interrupted by a visit to the emergency veterinary clinic.
1. Be sure your pets don't sample the Halloween Candy! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many mints and gum, is toxic as well. Candy wrappers can cause dangerous obstructions. Candy, especially chocolate, can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Candy should be kept out of the pet's reach and young children should be told not to share Halloween "bounty" with their pet.
2. The continuous ringing of the doorbell, heralding the arrival of excited children in scary costumes, is very stressful for many dogs. Consider keeping your pet safe in a back room during trick or treating hours. Pets, especially dogs that are easily excitable or threatened by strangers, should be kept away from the front door to keep them from biting strangers or running into the street.
3. Halloween can be a time of terrible pranks. Be sure to keep pets safely indoors. Loud and excessive noise created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your pet.
4. If your dog has an outgoing personality and you want to take him along while trick or treating, be sure he is wearing identification, and keep him on a leash. Halloween costumes for pets are cute, but owners should be wary of costumes that contain rubber bands to keep them in place on the animal. If rubber bands are mistakenly left on the pet after the costume comes off, they can quickly burrow into the animal's skin.