Keeping Pets Safe this Halloween

Halloween and trick-or-treat night is a lot fun for you and your kids, but it’s one of the most hazardous times of year for a pet! Use your Vista veterinarian’s safety guidelines, found below, to keep your pet happy and healthy as Halloween rolls around.

Beware of Chocolate

There are plenty of chocolate treats floating around this time of year. Remember that chocolate is very dangerous for pets, even in small amounts. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, and worse if ingested, so keep all chocolate out of your pet’s reach. Never leave it lying around on countertops or the kitchen table.

Caution with Candy

Many candies, gums, and baked goods are sweetened with artificial sugars. The most dangerous of these is xylitol, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and even coma in pets. Very small amounts—as little as a stick and a half of gum for a smaller pet—can do serious damage, so tightly restrict your pet’s access to the trick-or-treat bowl.

Hazardous Halloween Plants

Halloween plants like pumpkins and decorative autumn corn aren’t necessarily toxic, but they’re not good for pets to eat. Too much of these plants can make a pet sick, and the corn in particular is an easy choking hazard. Don’t let your pet get near these decorations, especially if he’s the type to nibble on whatever’s available.

Careful with Costumes

Sure, your pet will look adorable in that cute costume, but will he stay calm? A lot of pets get stressed out from wearing clothes, especially when the outfit is too tight or drags behind them. Plus, some costumes can have small pieces that can be swallowed. Ensure that your pet’s costume doesn’t come with built-in hazards, and check frequently to make sure he’s not getting agitated.

Doorbell Dangers

One of the most prominent dangers on trick-or-treat night is the doorbell. For one, the constant ringing may stress many pets out. Secondly, it’s very easy for a pet to dart out the open door when trick-or-treaters come calling! You may have to secure your pet in another room to prevent escape.

Don’t let Halloween get truly frightening this year; ask your Vista vet for more great holiday health tips.