Halloween pet safety can lead to Halloween Fun for pets

Fall is a wonderful time of year, but the list of hazards that come with the season can be long. Fortunately, when you have a grasp on Halloween pet safety, you can stop worrying about your best friend and start enjoying the holiday together. Taking a proactive approach can help you avoid potential disaster and ease your mind. Here at Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we think that sounds like a spook-tacular idea!

Decor

Who doesn’t love a festive jack-o’-lantern? What about spider webs, flashing lights, and animatronic displays? There’s so shortage of Halloween decor out there. It’s fun, but pets can be truly frightened by it. Plus, some decor presents choking hazards, entanglement issues, and even electric shock.

Limit your pet’s access to these decorations. Use LED tea lights for carved pumpkins or display candles in an area that doesn’t pose a fire or burn risk.

Costumes

When it comes to pet costumes, the options are endless, but dressing up isn’t for every pet. Never force your pet to wear a costume. Even if they seem to like it, their tolerance can quickly plummet. Monitor your pet’s well being, and promptly remove their costume if it starts to interfere with their mobility,vision, or hearing.

Hint: a flashy bowtie or bandana are perfect alternatives for a pet who doesn’t like costumes!

Candy

Pets should never have access to Halloween candy. Treat bowls and bags of goodies must remain out of reach, preferably in a closed container or cabinet.

Chocolate is the biggest threat to Halloween pet safety. It can cause some truly wretched side effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, tremors, hyperactivity, and even death. Xylitol (a sugar substitute found in gum, mints, baked goods, and more) is also dangerous and, like chocolate, can result in a pet emergency.

The Extras

Candy apple sticks, lollipop sticks, candy wrappers, and more can contribute to painful gastrointestinal obstruction. Make sure your pet avoids these items when you’re out and about and check that they can’t dig them out of the trash once you go to bed.

Marijuana is another threat to Halloween pet safety. This festive holiday inevitably provides an opportunity for those who use the drug recreationally. Because it comes in various forms (vaping pens, edibles, etc.), you never really know when your pet may be at risk.

Stress and Anxiety

The constant ringing of the doorbell, strange faces, new smells, and loud noises can be really stressful for a pet. If needed, set them up in a back room where they can relax, nap, and enjoy some solitude. Be sure to provide plenty of food/water, toys, and white noise to drown out all the racket.

If your pet’s anxiety is extreme, leave a treat bowl outside your door, turn off your lights, and spend the evening snuggled up with your furry friend.

Halloween Pet Safety

Microchipping your pet is important year round, but during Halloween especially, it’s important that all pets can be properly identified should they escape or become separated from their owner. Light up gear and visible ID tags are also critical at night.

If you have additional questions or concerns about Halloween pet safety, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.