Halloween Safety For Our Pets

Halloween is near! Although this may be a fun time for children and adults, this can be a scary time for our pets.

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It’s a noisy and busy night. It’s important to keep your pets inside, safe, and calm.

Here are some safety tips from petMD.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.

Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. And speaking of pumpkins…

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.

If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet does have one of those fancy-schmancy embedded microchips.

There you have it. I hope this helps you and others protect their pets. Please feel free to reblog this post. Keeping our pets safe on Halloween is something we need to think about, take seriously, and share with others!

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12 thoughts on “Halloween Safety For Our Pets

      1. inkgirlandwords

        Our dog is big and if it gets really cold we let him in to sleep. I think he would go crazy if he lived in the house. He is also kind of a scaredy dog so if there are coyotes he won’t leave the farm. I think he likes it better outside, inside he wouldn’t have the space or freedom he has now. Our cat (really mine since I like him the best :)) lives in the barn. I feed him and there is a heater there and I bring old sweaters and stuff for him to sleep on. He loves cuddling but not being held and if he lived in the house my younger brother would be all over him. I think he likes it better outside. Sometimes he gets into fights with other cats and we almost took him to the vet this summer. He got better though.
        Hope I didn’t bore you but I love talking about my/our pets. 🙂

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