Treats Without the Tricks: Pet Halloween Safety
Halloween is a time for the little ones to dress up in their scariest attire and enjoy the “tricks and treats” of this spooky night. While this sounds like fun for the whole family, your furry family members may not enjoy this ghastly night of ghouls. In fact, many pets not only find this night of fright anxiety- and stress-inducing, but they can also be at risk for indulging in all of the poisonous-to-pets “treats” that abound.
To help protect your pup or kitty from the dangers of fright night, practice some of these important pet Halloween safety tips.
Just as you would concern yourself with your child’s gratuitous amount of Halloween treats – and parcel them out accordingly – you will also need to concern yourself with your pet’s treat consumption. Sugary sweets for pets are a no-go, as some of them present toxicity and possible pet emergencies.
For young children, stowing these Halloween treats away and offering them in a supervised manner helps to keep your pet away from sneaking a bite or finding leftovers. Educate older kids and visiting adults about the dangers of allowing any candy to fall to the ground or offering them to a fur friend.
Some of the worst offenders when it comes to pet poisoning include:
- Xylitol (a sugar-free sweetener found in certain snacks, candies, gum, and some peanut butter)
- Chocolate (particularly dark chocolate/cocoa)
- Macadamia nuts
- Raisins and grapes
- Chocolate covered espresso beans
- Alcohol (parents like treats, too!)
Rich desserts and candies also make for animal emergencies. Pets can experience gastrointestinal distress, from diarrhea to stomach upset and more serious problems such as pancreatitis, which can also create serious issues for curious pets. It’s time to lock up the Halloween loot. Additionally, do not set out bowls or other treats within a pet’s reach.
Halloween can be a wonderful time for some sociable animals, such as a pooch who loves to pose for a costume, but it can also be a scary time for other fur babies.
Not everyone’s fluffy friend is comfortable dressing up in those adorable or frightful duds. Gauge your pet for signs of discomfort. Do a test run with any possible costumes – and be sure to keep pets free from any kind of hazards (nothing covering the face, items that can be eaten/ingested, and costumes that restrict).
Anxiety and Escape
If your four-legged friend is anxious or stressed around new people, noises, and things that go bump in the night, it might be best to find a secure room for him during the events of the evening. You might look for quiet place in the house (like a bedroom or office) where you can treat your pet to some new toys and other fun activities. Have a buddy system in place with a friend or family member to take turns checking in on your pet while you are hosting the ghosts and goblins.
Be sure to secure your pet before the trick-or-treaters arrive and ensure that your pet’s microchip information has been updated. Also make sure your pets are wearing their ID tags, even if they’re staying home.
Pet Halloween Safety
While our sweet pups and cats cannot participate in every aspect of Halloween, you can help protect them and still add some fun for them with some holiday-themed pet toys and games. You can even whisk up some homemade dog or cat treats for your little fur goblins.
For more information about pet Halloween safety, call your spooktacular vets at Soundside Animal Hospital. Have a happy Halloween!