Halloween can be a fun time of year, but it can also pose some risks for pets. Here are some great tips on keeping your pets safe this Halloween:
- Pet costumes are just as popular as kid's costumes this year. Take a few minutes to make them safe for your pet. First, make sure your pet will even wear a costume. If not, try a bandanna or collar. Second, make sure the costume fits properly. Too tight and the costume may irritate the skin or pull the hair. Too loose and your pet may catch on something or trip over it causing injury. Third, make sure to watch your pet while wearing its costume so that they do not chew and swallow pieces of the outfit.
- With trick-or-treaters coming frequently to the door, pets may become fearful or try to escape. You may wish to keep your pet in a room at the back of the house or apartment or in a cage until trick-or-treating is done to keep them safe.
- Be sure to have your pet properly identified (name tag, collar, microchip) in case your pet escapes.
- Keep jack-o-lanterns out of reach of your pets. Candles in the pumpkin may burn your pet. You may want to consider using an LED light instead of a candle. Your pet may also try to eat the pumpkin which may cause diarrhea.
- Keep your candy up and away from your pet. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be dangerous. Sugar free candy containing xylitol can also be dangerous for your pet. If your pet has helped themselves to the Halloween candy, please give us a call.
Illiana Veterinary Hospital wants you and your pet to have a safe and happy Halloween.