Don’t Let Your Pets Get Spooky This Halloween

Halloween is a treat for us, but not so much for our dogs and cats. There are many things about this holiday that can cause trouble for our pets.

Here is a list of 5 things to avoid:

 

  1. Dogs and cats may be frightened by all the activity from trick-or-treaters as well as the costumes. Make sure your pet has a safe place away from your front door. They should have a soft bed, food, water, litterbox, etc in the room. You can also play some soothing music which will help them relax. For cats, use Feliway spray or plug-in. Feliway is a feline pheromone that has a calming effect on cats. Use Adaptil pheromone spray or collar for dogs to help keep them calm.
  2. Keep candy and treats up where they can’t be reached. This probably applies mostly to dogs, unless your cat is very mischievous. Candy, especially chocolate can make pets very sick. Not to mention wrappers, small plastic toys or lollipop sticks which can block the intestines if ingested. Some candy and gum contains xylitol, which is very toxic to pets.
  3. If your dog or cat is going to be in costume, make sure it is not restricting their movement or breathing. Keep an eye out to make sure they are not chewing at the costume. Ingestion of the material could result in an intestinal blockage.
  4. Keep lit candles and pumpkins away from your pets. This will prevent them from getting burned or injured.
  5. Make sure your pets are properly identified with collar, tags and microchip. If you pet get spooked and gets out of your house or yard, identification will greatly increase the chances of being reunited with them.