Boo! Yes, tomorrow is Halloween, and I think it’s probably right after July 4th as the least favorite human holiday for pets. The creepy sounds, funny creatures running around, and doors opening and closing all night long are all baffling to our pets.
Everyone wants a fun Halloween night out, but keeping our pets safe doesn’t have to be complicated. The ASPCA suggests taking a few common sense precautions that will make everyone’s evening a real treat.
Halloween is all about the candy. It’s everywhere, but the candy bowl is a big no-no for Fluffy and Fido. Chocolate in all its forms – especially dark or pastry chocolate – can be very dangerous for cats and dogs.
Even sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems for pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested anything toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
Many homes now use flameless candles which look very realistic and are much safer. However, if you are still using the real thing, you should also use additional safety precautions.
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Pets can easily knock over a burning candle in a pumpkin and start a fire. A wagging tail stray can be a dangerous force. And a curious kitten can get too close to the flame and risk getting burned or scorched.
If you are using flashlights, flameless candles, or Halloween decorations, remember to keep batteries out of the reach of your pets. If the batteries are chewed or ingested, it could result in a trip to the veterinary emergency clinic.
Even the fun glow sticks are filled with a liquid that, if punctured, will leak out the shiny contents that can cause mouth pain, irritation, and excessive salivation.
If you’ve recently browsed a dog lover’s catalog or browsed a pet store, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a range of costumes designed for your canine companion. Superheroes, scary monsters, foods like tacos and hot dogs, and movie characters are all available as a costume for your pet.
There is considerable controversy over the merits of dressing your dog versus the safety risks of doing so. The American Kennel Club warns that beads, snaps, buttons, ribbons, rubber bands, and fabrics can all be intestinal hazards. Small bells, charms, sequins, sequins, and fur trims are also potential problems.
Costumes can cause overheating, impaired vision, and even difficulty breathing if they cover the face or are too restrictive around the animal’s neck or chest. And the AKC is warning you to never leave a dog in a costume unattended.
Depending on where you live, your doorbell on Halloween night can be a real workout. And if your fearless watchdog hates letter carriers, delivery men, and anyone else who dares to walk past your house, Halloween is a real steroid nightmare for your puppy.
Opening and closing the front door several times during a party is not only annoying for your pets, but it can also be an opportunity for Fido to take a break and run past you and in. the street on a dead track. You know what’s coming next.
I will remind you once again of the importance of having the correct identification on your pet. A collar with ID tags and / or an electronic chip can save the life of a lost animal.
And to prevent an escape at your doorstep, the ASPCA recommends that you keep dogs and cats in a separate room, away from the door and activities during these peak hours. Turn on the TV or tune in to a radio station that plays soothing music that will hopefully calm your friend down.
Our pets may not like Halloween, but it’s a favorite holiday for many fun-loving humans. As you prepare for the fun and festivities of tomorrow, take some precautions to ensure a safe night out for your four-legged friends.
Be safe, have fun and happy Halloween!