Keeping Fido and Fluffy Safe This Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be a little scary. It’s not supposed to turn into a real-life nightmare! Avoid a pet emergency this year by keeping your animal companion safe from common Halloween and trick-or-treat hazards. Here are a few quick tips from your Portage, MI veterinarian:

Prevent Escape

With the doorbell ringing constantly on trick-or-treat night, many pets can become quite anxious. It might be enough to entice them to run outdoors when the front door opens for trick-or-treaters! Rather than looking for a lost pet in the darkness, secure your animal companion safely in another room for the evening if they become anxious on trick-or-treat night. Also, make sure they’re properly identified with ID tags on the collar, a microchip, or both.

Careful With Costumes

There’s no shame in dressing your pet up in their own Halloween costume—it’s adorable! However, make sure the costume doesn’t fit too snugly or sag off of your companion, as clothing that’s too loose or tight can cause pets great anxiety. Also be sure to check the costume for small parts—zippers, buttons, bits of plastic, etc.—that could be chewed off, swallowed, or choked on. Remove them if necessary.

Beware of Chocolate and Candy

There’s a lot of chocolate and candy floating around during Halloween season. Chocolate of all types is toxic to pets since it contains theobromine and caffeine, chemicals that can poison pets easily. Candy is also dangerous—many candies and gums are sweetened with an artificial sugar called xylitol that can poison animals in very small amounts. Keep a close eye on the treat bowl, and store leftover candy and chocolates in closed cabinets or containers where pets won’t be able to reach them.

Decoration Dangers

Be careful when setting up electric Halloween decorations, like plastic ghosts or jack-o-lanterns. Pets who decide to chew on electrical cords may receive a dangerous electric shock, so tape or tie down cords as necessary. It’s also important to keep an eye on autumn decorations like gourds, fall corn, and pumpkins; these plants aren’t toxic to pets necessarily, but a pet who decides to chew on them can choke or experience vomiting.

Would you like to know more about keeping your pet safe when Halloween and trick-or-treat night roll around? We’re here to help with all of your most important pet-care needs. Set up an appointment today with your Portage, MI veterinary clinic.

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