Every Halloween veterinary clinics are caring for dogs and cats that have gotten into trouble on or around Halloween. It’s important to know which precautions to take during Halloween season.
Keep Halloween Treats & Candy Away
Unfortunately, most of the treats we indulge in during Halloween is toxic for dogs and cats. To an extent it can even be deadly! For cat owners, you’re in luck as cats can be picky with what they eat. However, dogs will eat anything, sometimes even the wrapper in which the treat was kept in.
Below are some treats you should keep out of reach from your pets:
- Chocolate – Chocolate contains Xylitol. It is toxic to pets!
- Candy & Gum – These also contain Xylitol.
- Hard Candy – Large quantities of hard candy can clump up in the stomach.
- Raisins – Can cause renal failure
- Candy Wrappers – Chocking hazard and residue
Halloween Costumes and Decorations
Dressing dogs or cats on Halloween has increased over the years. You’ll find many costumes that are available for dogs and cats, but that doesn’t mean that they’re always safe.
Before dressing up your dog in any Halloween costume, keep these dog costume guidelines in mind to ensure a fun and safe night for both you and your pet:
- Avoid any toxic ingredients
- Beware of choking hazards
- Keep it simple
- Never leave your dog unattended
- Comfort is key
- Consider a test run
- Take the temperature into consideration
- Don’t go overboard
- Keep photoshoots short
- If your dog looks uncomfortable or if he’s in danger, ditch the costume
Always make sure to be safe and keep an eye on your pets behavior. Halloween crowds can cause some pets to be skittish or overwhelmed. Pay attention to your dogs body language because activity, and commotion can increase your pets stress levels unnecessarily.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!