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Trick-or-Treat: The Best Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

October 17, 2017, by Community Pet Hospital

The fun is about to begin! If you love hayrides, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and apple picking, fall is likely an exciting season for you. But where does your pet fit in with all the abundant autumnal splendor? Sure, many animals relish the fallen leaves and crisp air, but there’s an equal amount that end up feeling left out, stressed, or worse. Halloween pet safety is a prime concern for many families this time of year, and for good reason. Without proper attention, your pet could find trouble.

First, Decor

Who doesn’t love some nice fall decorations on the front porch or walkway? From fake spider webs and ornamental corn (with or without stalks) to jack-o’-lanterns and strobe lights, anything can become dangerous to your pet if given the chance. Items may seem innocuous enough, but it’s critical to be aware of decor that can entangle, choke, or poison your pet.

Glow sticks or similar items should not be used around pets. Their chemical makeup has a bitter flavor that induces excessive drooling.

Know the Score

Many pets are cool with a constantly ringing doorbell, strange looking visitors, and spooky, unpredictable sounds. Others, however, are just plain stressed out over all things Halloween. To be sure, it can be downright frightening for some pets.

If your pet is highly sociable and willing to participate in the revelry, by all means, include them in the fun. However, a stressed, frightened, or anxious pet should be allowed and encouraged to sit this one out. Set up a quiet place away from the front of the house, complete with calm music, water, treats, and favorite toys. If your pet has severe reactions to anxiety, please contact our team to learn more about medicated options that can gently ease your pet during times of extreme stress.

Halloween Pet Safety

It’s common to see an increase in Halloween-related pet emergencies this time of year. To help our community of dedicated pet owners, we hope the following Halloween pet safety tactics protect your pet this year:

  • Update your pet’s microchip information if you’ve moved or changed phone numbers. Make sure tags are still legible and collars are secure.
  • When going out at night, outfit your pet with reflective or light-up gear.
  • Due to the highly toxic nature of Halloween candy, do not allow your pet to pick up dropped pieces or investigate candy bowls or bags. Chocolate and the sugar substitute Xylitol are
  • very dangerous to your pet’s health. Know the signs of a pet poisoning and call us for emergency care.
  • Please be aware that plastic or foil candy wrappers are also capable of landing your pet in the ER. They can cause choking or gastrointestinal obstructions.
  • Halloween pet safety includes keeping your typically free-roaming animals inside at night. Unfortunately, pets, especially black cats, can become victims of cruel Halloween pranks.

Pet Costumes

There are various costumes available for pets, and they can add a lot of fun to the night. Be sure that your pet’s costume is comfortable. It should not restrict breathing, vision, mobility, or going to the bathroom. Small parts or pieces should be removed to reduce the risk of choking, and any dangling parts must be dealt with to reduce entanglement.

Remember, a successful fall is one chock full of Halloween pet safety measures. If we can help you with additional questions or concerns, please contact us. Happy haunting!