Halloween and trick-or-treat night will be here in just a few short weeks. It’s an exciting time for most families, but it’s important to be aware that this holiday presents a few hazards for our animal companions. Keep your dog or cat safe with these tips from a Lewisville, TX vet.
Beware of Sweet Treats
There’s probably a lot of chocolate and candy floating around your home this time of year, especially as you gear up for trick-or-treat night. Remember that chocolate of all kinds is very bad for pets—it contains theobromine and caffeine, stimulant chemicals that don’t treat our animal friends very well. And candies are often sweetened with an artificial sugar called xylitol, which is highly toxic to pets even in small amounts. Keep your pet far away from the treat bowl!
Caution With Costumes
If you’re planning to dress up your dog or cat in their very own Halloween costume, make sure to take a few precautions. Not every pet enjoys wearing clothing, especially if it’s too tight or too loose. It’s a good idea to do a test run a few days before Halloween to make sure your pet is comfortable. And check the costume carefully for small bits and pieces—buttons, zippers, bits of plastic—that could be chewed off, choked on, or swallowed.
Do you decorate your home with common autumn plants like pumpkins, gourds, or decorative fall corn? These items aren’t exactly toxic to pets, but a pet can experience upset stomach and vomiting if they eat too much of any foreign substance. Plus, it’s a choking hazard. And if you set up electric decorations like light-up jack-o-lanterns or plastic ghosts, make sure to tape or tie down any electrical cords running from the decoration to the wall outlet. You don’t want your pet getting tangled up or chewing on these wires.
Trick-or-Treat Night Trouble
It’s probably best to keep your pet safely secured in the house during trick-or-treat. With all of the comings and goings, not to mention the constant ringing of the doorbell, pets can get quite worked up. They might be nervous enough to dart out of the open door, and you don’t want to have to search for a lost pet on trick-or-treat night.
From all of us here at your Lewisville, TX pet clinic: Happy Halloween! Call us for more great tips on your pet’s health and wellness.