Halloween is a fun time of year for people and pets alike! Unfortunately, pets can sometimes get into the wrong sort of mischief. For example, they may dart outside when you open the door to trick-or-treaters, and they may help themselves to the candy bowl when you aren’t looking. To keep your pet out of the veterinary clinic this Halloween, use the following safety tips.
Use caution when dressing up your pets.
There are few things cuter than a pet wearing an adorable costume! Unfortunately, some costumes may limit a pet’s movement or even interfere with their ability to breathe, see, or vocalize. Be sure that the costume isn’t too tight or restrictive. In addition, make sure the costume you choose doesn’t have small pieces (such as buttons) that can be easily chewed off and accidentally swallowed. Furthermore, some pets simply don’t like being dressed up. If it seems like the costume is causing your pet distress, it’s best to remove it quickly.
Keep your pet in a closed-off room.
If you live in a busy neighborhood and expect to receive lots of trick-or-treaters, it may be best to keep your cat or dog sequestered in a closed-off room for the evening. Alternatively, if you have a dog, you might use baby gates to block access to the entryway. Some pets may dart outside when the door is opened. If you think your pet won’t do this and would like leave their movement unrestricted, make sure your pet is microchipped and is wearing an ID tag with your contact information—just in case.
Keep the Halloween candy out of reach.
All types of Halloween candy is bad for your pets, but some types (such as those with chocolate or xylitol) can be fatal. This is another good reason to keep your pet in a closed-off room while trick-or-treaters are visiting. If your pet does roam around the house, make sure all Halloween candy is kept well out of their reach.
The veterinary team at Horizon Animal Hospital is committed to helping your pets enjoy long, healthy lives. For your convenience, our fully equipped veterinary clinic in Scottsdale features an onsite pharmacy, laboratory, and imaging room. If you would like to make an appointment or if your pet has a medical emergency, please call (480) 800-4559.