Halloween Safety Tips For Pets
Stash Candy In A Safe Place:
There are several candies that are toxic to pets.
- Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs.
- Sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets.
If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
- Secure all wires and keep them out of reach.
- Be aware of lit pumpkins. Pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame.
- Pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.Be Careful with Costumes
- Pet costumes look adorable on our pets but may cause stress.
- Don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it.
- Make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe
- Check the costume for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard.
- Festive bandannas are easy and non-stressful alternative to dress your pet up.
Trick or Treat Visitors:
- Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets.
- All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours.
- While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside.
- make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.
Doorbells and sounds form excited children on Halloween can be triggers for noise aversion, a fear-based reaction that can leave a dog anxious and frightened. The good news is that here at Pets First Animal Hospitals, we have at-home remedies and medications that can help your pet.
- Sileo is the only FDA-approved treatment for canine noise aversion that can help calm your client’s dog during Halloween festivities. Sileo calms without sedating
- Composure Pro Treats – Composure Treats provide a calming effect to support a relaxed state without causing drowsiness or impaired motor skills.
- The Adaptil diffuser and Feliway plug-ins can be used to great effect with anxious dogs and cats. It works by releasing pheromones that remind your dog and cat of their safety.