Halloween is fun for kids and adults alike. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous for your beloved pets. Halloween decorations, costumes, and treats can all pose a threat to four-legged critters. Take a few precautions to help your furry friends get through the holiday safely and stress-free.
Choose a safe costume.
If you plan to dress your pet in a Halloween costume, look for one without dangling bits or tie-strings. These can get easily snagged and may choke your pet. And no matter what type of costume you select for your pet, never leave him or her unattended while wearing it—just in case.
Keep all treats out of reach.
You may already know that chocolate can be deadly for cats and dogs, but it’s not the only Halloween treat to watch out for. Raisins and any candy or gum that contains xylitol can kill your beloved pet. For safety’s sake, assume that all treats are potentially deadly and keep them out of reach of your pets.
Be mindful of Halloween decorations.
If you plan to decorate your home for Halloween, be mindful of the potential risk to your pets. It’s easy for a dog or cat to gobble down fake spider webs. Keep all decorations that could potentially be eaten out of reach.
Keep your pet away from the commotion.
If you’re throwing a Halloween party or plan to open your door to trick or treaters, you should know that the constant commotion can stress out your pet. This may lead to digestive trouble and unwanted behaviors. Keep your pet sequestered in the room farthest away from the commotion.
Ask your vet about microchipping.
Even if you keep your pet sequestered in a closed room, there’s still a risk that he or she could escape during one of the many times you’ll be opening your door to trick or treaters. Talk to your vet about getting a microchip implant for your cat or dog.
If your dog or cat has suffered a mishap this Halloween, you can rely on the emergency veterinary services at Horizon Animal Hospital. Our friendly team in Scottsdale is committed to delivering the best of care with a personalized touch. You can reach us at (480) 800-4559.