For humans, Halloween is a fun and exciting time to be looked forward to with great anticipation. Rarely do our pets feel the same way. Keep them happy and safe this Halloween with these tips!
- Keep candy away from pets. All forms of chocolate, particularly baking and dark chocolate, can be dangerous and even deadly for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning can include, diarrhea, vomiting, increased hear rate, rapid breathing, and seizures. Halloween candy containing xylitol (an artificial sweetener) is extremely poisonous to dogs. Even a small amount of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, loss of coordination, seizures, and death.
- Bring pets inside on Halloween night. Scared pets are more likely to escape the backyard. Rarely, vicious mischief-makers have even been known to injure or steal pets on Halloween night.
- Keep pets confined and away from the door. The constantly opening front door and unusually dressed, loud strangers can be scary for pets. By putting your pets in a secure room away from the front door, you will ensure that they don’t dart out the front door and get lost.
- Keep outdoor cats inside for several days before and after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk for pranks or other cruel incidents. Some shelters do not even adopt out black cats during the month of October.
- Keep pumpkins, gourds, and other Halloween plants out of reach. Although they are relatively harmless, they can cause stomach issues or intestinal blockage if ingested.
- Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets. They could burn themselves or knock them over, causing a fire.
- Try on your pet’s costume in advance to make sure they love it. Costumes shouldn’t be annoying or unsafe. Your pet should still be able to hear, move, and breathe. If he or she seems distressed or allergic, rethink the costume. A Halloween-themed bandana could be a great alternative!
- Make sure all pets are wearing collars with identification tags in case they get lost. Even if he or she is microchipped, this greatly increases the chance of returning home safely.
Chasing Tails wishes you and your furry friends a safe and happy Halloween!