Halloween is such a fun night, so many look forward too. Dressing up, candy, the parties and more- what’s not to love about Halloween?
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday, it’s easy to forget to keep a close eye on your furry friends.
Strangers knocking on the door and candy everywhere can pose a huge risk for the pets in your house. Make sure to take a few minutes and some precautions to keep your babies safe during the holiday.
Quick Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe On Halloween
Keep Candy Off The Floor and Away from Animals
Candy is SO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to pets. It is SO IMPORTANT to keep all candy out of reach and to educate all members of your household the danger it poses to animals. Most candies contain Xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is poisonous to pets. (Makes you wonder if we should be eating it..but I’ll save that for another post). Xylitol causes your blood sugar to drop resulting in a lack of coordination and seizures. If your pet has eaten any candy please call your vet or a 24-hour vet AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Chocolate and candy being poisonous to pets is NOT a myth and can cause damage or potentially death.
Keeping Pets Confined Inside
Halloween is the one night we actively open the door for strangers. The constant coming and going is a perfect set up for your pet to run out the door. Not only can they get loose, but pranksters are out and about on Halloween, and not all have the best intentions in mind.
To avoid your pet getting lost, stolen, or potentially injured, it is best to keep them confined inside a room with plenty of water. I feel just as bad as you do locking up my babies for a night but it is worth to not spend a whole night looking for your best friend.
Find the Address and Phone Number to a 24/7 Vet
Accidents happen, and sometimes no matter how hard we try, we just can’t avoid it. Should your dog ingest candy this Halloween, it is best if you receive medical help right away. Research vets in your area that are open 24 hours on Halloween. Print out their address and phone number and keep it nearby in case you need it. Acting quickly could be the difference between life and death for your fur-baby.
Keep Glow Sticks Away from Pets
Unlike kids, when a pet bites into the glow stick, they are unable to spit it out resulting into them ingesting it. Glow sticks are filled with a chemical called dibutyl phthalate. Although non-toxic, it causes an extremely uncomfortable reaction for pets. The chemical creates an intense, unpleasant taste in the mouth that takes a while to go away. If your dog has swallowed some, it is best to give them plenty of water followed up by a treat to try and take the taste away. You may notice your dog drooling, licking, or trying to rub their mouth. If you notice bloody stool, vomiting, or have a reason for concern, please call the 24 hour vet as soon as possible.
Ditch the Halloween Costumes
I must admit I have been known to try to dress up my pets every so often. If your animal is comfortable and doesn’t get panicked having clothes on, then it is safe to dress them up for Halloween as long as they are supervised. However, if you have young kids or you know you will be preoccupied during the night, it is best to ditch the costumes.
Costumes present a choking hazard and unneeded stress to the pet during an already stressful night. Pets aren’t used to wearing things on their backs, and the costumes can cause them to get caught or stuck on/in something. It can also choke them if there are A) small parts or accessories B) the neck gets stuck on something suffocating them.
If you MUST have a Halloween costume then maybe you can put it on, take a few pictures while your supervising, and then take it off after. Trust me your pets will thank you, they pretty much hate these uncomfortable costumes (no matter how cute they look).
Halloween doesn’t have to be a stressful time AT all. Instead, it is a night to embrace your inner kid, dress up, and get a few spooks! Setting up your pets in a safe, stress-free environment will just make your night that much more enjoyable.