Keeping your pets safe and healthy this Halloween

Keeping your pets safe and healthy this Halloween

Halloween can be a tricky time for pet owners. From near constant knocks on the door and ringing doorbells to keeping the candy away from your furry friends, we’re here to give you some advice on how to keep your animal happy and healthy.

Pet anxiety

It can already be hard on your pet when people come to visit, but Halloween night brings more people to your front door than usual – most of them being strangers. No matter how social your pet is, keeping them in a room away from the trick-or-treating frenzy can help keep them calm and reduce their anxiety. Being away from the door also reduces the chances of them getting out. In any case, make sure that your pet has on its collar with all of your contact information and/or is chipped. This will help your pet find its way back to you in case the worst happens.

Keep candy out of reach

The majority of candy being passed out on Halloween night is toxic for your four-legged friends. In between passing out treats to trick-or-treaters, make sure you store your candy bowls somewhere your pet won’t reach – on a high shelf, pushed back on a counter or placed inside a cabinet are great options. All types of chocolate, but especially dark chocolate, are very dangerous for dogs and cats. Even sugar-free candies are dangerous for your animals. Most contain xylitol – a sugar substitute – which is toxic for your pet to consume. If you think your pet has eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your vet or the animal poison control hotline. 

Look for dangerous decor

If you’ve decorated your house for Halloween, it’s important to look out for decor that might pose a threat to your pet. Small items like mini plastic pumpkins or spiders can be a choking hazard if they end up in your pet’s mouth. Be cautious of carved pumpkins too. Dogs and cats might accidentally knock them over and cause a fire. They could also get burned themselves. Lastly, make sure there are no exposed wires or cords around for your pet to chew on to reduce the chances of electrocution.

Halloween and trick-or-treating are fun for everyone. Make sure to take the proper precautions to help ensure your pet has just as much fun as the rest of the family!

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