Halloween Hazards to Help Your Pet Avoid

Halloween Hazards to Help Your Pet Avoid

Halloween and trick-or-treat night will be here before you know it. Remember: this time of year can prove quite hazardous to our animal companions! Below, your Fox Chapel, PA veterinarian tells you about the most common pet dangers and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm.

Chocolate and Candy

Halloween is prime-time for chocolate and candy goodies. Of course, they’re no good for pets. Chocolate of all types—dark, milk, semi-sweet, baking chocolate, and others—contains theobromine and caffeine, chemicals that don’t agree with our furry friends. Candies are often sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar substitute that is toxic to animals. For your pet’s safety, keep them far away from the trick-or-treat bowl!

Costume Trouble

Many pet owners love to dress their companions up in their very own Halloween costumes. Your pet certainly will look adorable, but keep this in mind: some pets might become stressed out by wearing costumes. It’s always best to do a “test run” of sorts before the big night. Costumes may also contain small parts that could be chewed off, swallowed, or choked on—remove such items if necessary.

Anxiety and Escape

One of the biggest hazards of trick-or-treat night is anxiety. Many pets become quite anxious when the doorbell rings again and again! Escape is another dangerous possibility, since the door will be opening frequently. If your pet is the type to dart out whenever they have the chance, it may be safest to keep them secured in another room for the duration of trick-or-treat.

Autumn Plants

It’s likely that you’ve decorated your home or porch with common autumnal plants like pumpkins, fall corn, or gourds. These items aren’t necessarily toxic to dogs and cats, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely safe. If your pet decides to chow down on these plants, an upset stomach or vomiting could result. Choking is even more likely! Make sure your pet doesn’t decide to make a snack out of autumn plants.

Holiday Decorations

Tape or tie down loose wires or electrical cords running to and from electric Halloween decorations. Pets can get tangled in these, and they can receive a dangerous shock if they decide to chew on wires!

These aren’t the only Halloween hazards out there. For more information on keeping your pet safe as the holiday approaches, contact River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area. We’re here to help!

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