Friday September 28, 2018 Posted By: spca_admin
Halloween is a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets it can be a nightmare! Keep your pets safe this year.
Keep the treats out-of-reach
The candy is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruff y or Fluffy. Chocolate and xylitol, can be extremely toxic to pets. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Lollipops and their sticks are choking hazards requiring surgery to remove. Wrapped candies can also lead to choking or cause an obstruction.
Beware of decorations
At Halloween, carved jack-o-lanterns are popular, but pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin or candle and start a fi re. Kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by a candle fl ame. Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
Pet costumes NOT recommended
Your safest choice in a pet Halloween costume would be a loosely tied bandana. Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll love it! For some pets, wearing a costume causes undue stress. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. To ensure safety, pets who are wearing a costume MUST always be supervised by a responsible adult. Better yet… LEAVE YOUR PET AT HOME!
Halloween noise affects pets
Dogs and cats can become skittish and anxiety ridden on Halloween due to the incessant ringing of the doorbell, constant squeals and chatter just outside the door. All dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door. Make sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside, when opening the door for guests.
Lost pets on Halloween
Do NOT let your dog or cat wander outside unattended. Be mindful that a prankster could be inspired to harm your pet. Keep pets indoors with you, or escort them outside on a leash. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes will spook your pet and they will run away. Black pets run an even greater risk of being run over by a vehicle on Halloween night.
If you haven’t already opted to have your pet microchipped, now is the time. Should your pet become lost, a microchip can help quickly reunite you with your dog or cat.