Halloween can be fun and festive for people, but for pets it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips from the AVMA to help you ensure that your pet has a happy and safe Halloween...
Don't leave your pet outside unattended on Halloween (or on the days preceding or following this holiday.) They may get frightened by the loud noises and all of the people coming and going. They may try to run off and or hide.
Halloween pranks committed against pets can be vicious, and black cats are particularly at risk.
Halloween treats are for people, not pets. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed and chocolate can be poisonous for most types of pets.
Keep all glow sticks and jewelry out of reach. These can be a choking hazard.
Keep pumpkins out of reach of curious noses and paws. Pets may knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire.
Despite how much fun it is for people, many pets don't enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween. If you do dress your pet, be sure that its costume doesn't interfere with the pet's ability to breathe, see, hear, move, or bark. And be sure they cannot grab and eat pieces of the costume. It can be a choking hazard or worse.
Consider keeping your pet in a separate room, away from the door, when trick-or-treaters arrive. Strange people in even stranger clothes and masks can frighten some pets. When you do answer the door for visitors, make sure that your pet doesn't suddenly head for the great outdoors.
In case your pet does escape, make sure that it is wearing a proper identification tag and a microchip. Pets with identification tags and a chip are much more likely to be returned to their owners.
Make sure all hand sanitizers are kept away from your pets.
For more information and tips about your pet’s holiday safety, please call All Creatures Hospital. Remember, your Veterinarian is your very best source for advice on keeping your pet safe, healthy, and happy! (858) 481-7992 www.AllCreaturesHospital.com