Our animal hospital in Webster is dedicated to the well-being of your pet no matter the season, and Halloween is a time of year when tricks and treats can be harmful to their health. While there’s no need to keep your pet away from the holiday fun, there are a few important things we want you to know in advance so you and your pet can prepare accordingly. View our Halloween pet safety tips below.
The Sweets Situation
Halloween wouldn’t be the same without candy and other sweets, but it’s all too easy for pets to get into them and end up getting sick! Chocolate (especially dark chocolate), sugar-free candy and gum, raisins/grapes, and various other sweets are toxic for pets and can be potentially life-threatening. Sugar-free treats often contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that dogs and cats cannot metabolize like we can. Xylitol is very dangerous, so keep in mind how you store your candy and store-bought baked goods.
Avoid a Decoration Dilemma
Decorating for Halloween can be as enjoyable as the holiday itself. But before you get started, consider alternatives to these items:
- Candles – An open flame anywhere near your pet can spell trouble. Try artificial candles instead, which are not only much safer but also capable of producing that flickering effect that creates such a great atmosphere on Halloween night.
- Cobwebs – Fake cobwebs can quickly become a tangled mess and your pet may try to chew on it or even eat it, rendering it a choking hazard. Strands may also get stuck in your pet’s teeth. We also recommend not decorating outdoors with it, as birds and other animals might get tangled in the strands and even become injured.
- Small dangly pieces, strings, and anything else that might entice a curious pet should be placed well out of their reach. In addition to being choking hazards, they can also cause bowel obstruction if swallowed.
Prevent a Costume Conundrum
Considering a costume for your pet this year? Choose wisely and make sure that it will not restrict your pet’s ability to breathe, walk, or function normally in every other way. Also, take note of how your pet responds to wearing the costume. If they seem uncomfortable or stressed in any way, remove the costume. Your pet deserves to enjoy the holiday just like you do, and we know you want your pet to be happy.
If you have any questions or need some advice from us, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.