Halloween is just weeks away, and while this is usually a fun time for people, for pets, that might not be the case. In fact, Halloween can actually be a dangerous time for your four-legged companion if you’re not mindful of the potential threats. At Spanish Trail Pet Clinic, we offer more than just compassionate care to pets in and around Tucson. Part of our mission involves keeping pets safe, too. That’s why we recommend the following six Halloween safety tips for your canine and feline friends.
- Keep Sweets out of Pet’s Reach
Some pets are just as tempted around sweets as people are, but did you know that certain candies can actually be toxic to pets? Chocolate contains an alkaloid called theobromine that’s toxic to dogs and cats, and the darker the chocolate, the higher the toxicity level. Many gums and candies also contain the sugar substitute xylitol, which can result in hypoglycemia in pets if ingested. So as a rule of thumb, keep the sweets out of your pet’s reach, and buy some pet-friendly treats instead.
- Use Caution When Decorating
There are a number of Halloween decorations that can be dangerous to pets, including candles and lit jack-o-lanterns. If you have a curious pet or cat that’s known to jump around on tables, avoid decorations that could potentially result in injury….because the last thing you want is to spend Halloween night at the emergency veterinarian’s office.
- Keep Your Pet Inside
For some people, Halloween is more about the tricks than it is about the treats, and sadly, sometimes pets are the targets. Pets have been known to be taken from their own yards on Halloween night or during the days prior, and many are returned home. To keep your pet safe, we recommend that you keep them indoors on Halloween week.
- Choose a Pet Costume Wisely
From cartoon characters to food items to iconic movie characters, there are hundreds of pet costume options to choose from. Just be sure that the one you choose for YOUR pet is both comfortable and safe. Make sure it’s well-made, isn’t too tight, and free of any small pieces that can be easily chewed off and pose a choking or obstruction hazard.
- Provide Sufficient Identification
If you’ve ever had a pet run away, you know how difficult such a loss can be, especially if the pet was never returned. Spanish Trail Pet Clinic recommends that you keep an ID tag/collar on your pet, especially during this time of year, in case of a separation. You may also want to consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip or tattoo, to increase the chances of a happy reunion.
- Keep Your Pet Away from Front Door
Many pets—especially dogs—make a quick dash to the front door when they hear the doorbell to see who’s at the door. If you get a lot of trick-or-treaters, your front door will probably be opening a lot this Halloween, which means your pet will have many opportunities to run outside if you’re not careful. If your pet is the rambunctious or curious type, it’s best to block their access to the front door for their safety.
If you have any questions about our Halloween safety tips or about Spanish Trail Pet Clinic, feel free to Contact Us at (520) 722-2771. We hope you, your family, and your beloved fur babies have a safe and happy Halloween this year!