Halloween Pet Safety: Tips for Pet Owners
Published on October 25, 2018 by Krissy Jackson
Halloween is right around the corner! Have you picked out your costume, as well as your pets’? Although this holiday is fun and exciting, there are a few things that you need to know as a responsible pet owner to keep your pet safe and healthy. Vet techs play an integral part in keeping our pets safe and providing information to pet owners about how to keep their furry family members in good health year-round. We’ve rounded up the following tips to help keep your pets safe on Halloween–and everyday!
Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
- Don’t Force A Costume – Make sure that your pet’s costume fits properly and does not overwhelm them. If you have to force a costume, it can cause unwelcome stress and anxiety to your pet.
- Keep Your Pet’s ID On At All Times—If you are out trick or treating, you will want to make sure that your pet’s identification is visible at all times. If you are passing out candy, make sure that your pet is in a safe location so they do not make a dash for the door.
- Don’t Share Your Treats—Some Halloween treats are toxic to your pets and can cause severe reactions, which can potentially be life-threatening. Emergency care for toxicology calls can increase by as much as 12% on Halloween!
As mentioned before, toxicology or the consumption of toxic foods, spikes during the Halloween holiday. For this reason, Halloween is the Pet Poison Hotline’s most busy time of the year. Although all human foods, including candy, should not be offered to your pets, here are a few treats you want to keep away.
- Chocolate—Though tasty to humans, chocolate is extremely toxic to pets. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, more than 1,100 calls to their helpline involved exposure to chocolate. Dogs may be allured to the scent of chocolate, so make sure that it is out of reach and out of sight of your pets.
- Raisins—This healthy Halloween treat spells danger for dogs. Both grapes and raisins are extremely poisonous to dogs, and should be stored securely and far from your pet’s reach. Any amount of raisins or grapes can lead to extreme damage to a dog’s system, including kidney failure.
- Xylitol in Sugar Free Gum and Candies–Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that is extremely poisonous to dogs. Small amounts can be deadly even for bigger dogs, so please do not share with your four-legged friends! For more information on which candies contain Xylitol, check out this list.
Other Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween should be fun and safe for everyone, including our pets. We can play a role in our pet’s safety by not only keeping our candy out of reach, but also being mindful of our environment.
Some pets may not be big fans of Halloween. If your pet does not respond well to visitors or the ringing of doorbells, consider keeping them in a secure room where they can relax without the constant excitement of doorbells ringing and trick-or-treaters. If dogs are easily frightened, they may flee—which is not the kind of scare you want!
Keep an Eye on Your Costumes
Be mindful of your Halloween costumes and their accessories—when left alone, they may become your dog’s newest treat! Dogs and cats are curious creatures, and are always interested in checking out your newest belongings. If digested, these fabrics and particles can lead to choking or internal blockage. Make sure to keep these out of your furry friend’s reach!
String Lights and Cords
Many cats and dogs and dogs are chewers and enjoy gum stimulation, however with the holidays it is important to make sure that all festive string lights and cords are out of reach for your pets. If your pets do chew on these electrical cords, it can lead to electrocution, burns in/around your pet’s mouth, and potentially start fires. When string lights are in use, make sure that they are not dangling and pets cannot access them. Unplug and wrap cords when they are not in use so curious pets cannot explore them.
Interested in learning more about pet safety? How about starting a program to become a veterinary technician? With an associate degree in veterinary technology, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to start an entry-level career as a veterinary technician. Broadview University has been part of the community for more than 40 years, so we’ve developed connections that can help move your career forward. After completing our accredited degree program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Passing the VTNE allows you to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), a designation that will give you a competitive advantage when you enter the job market.
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