- Halloween Treats
Candies are not for pets! All forms of chocolate are toxic to dogs, especially baking and dark chocolate. Signs of chocolate toxicity can include: vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and even seizures. Some candies have an artificial sweetener, xylitol, which can cause a drastic drop in blood sugar that can be lethal for dogs and possibly even cats. Be safe, rather than sorry, and be sure Halloween candy is not stored in places where your pets could get into it.
- Trick or Treaters
Keep your pets confined to a room away from the door on Halloween night and do not let them loose outside where, in the confusion, they could become lost or injured, or worse, be the victim of a malicious prank. Chances are you will have lots of strangely dressed visitors, unusual noises, running and shouting, and your door will likely be opening and closing more than usual. This can be frightening for your furry family members, and also scary for young “trick or treaters” if you have an anxious or even potentially aggressive pet. Don’t let your dog be the “greeter” at the door. When faced with a strangely dressed ghost or goblin, growling should be expected!
- Pumpkins & Plants
Keep pumpkins and harvest plants such as corn and straw out of reach. While they are generally nontoxic they can cause gastrointestinal upset or even blockage if a large amount was consumed.
- Halloween Decor
Don’t let pets get too close to lit pumpkins and make sure all electrical cords, wires and light bulbs are safely out of reach. Burns, electrocution or even fires could result.
Thinking about dressing up your dog or cat? Don’t put costumes on them unless you know they will love it and you will be there to supervise. Make sure costumes are safe for your pet and do not restrict your pet’s movement or breathing. If you are going to dress up your pet, try putting the costume on a day or two before Halloween to see how they react. If they seem in any way distressed, or show any abnormal behaviour, the costume is not a good idea. A more anxious pet might happily tolerate a fancy Halloween collar or ruffle!
- Proper Identification
Make sure your pets have identification and keep the information up to date! ID tags and microchips can be a huge help in locating a lost pet. If your pet happens to get out, having proper identification will increase the chances of them being returned home.