Halloween Pet Safety Tips for Chandler Owners
Halloween is a big deal for many of us as we get into the spirit of this scary and fun holiday. For our pets, too, this holiday is a big deal—in the sense that there are many dangers, both perceived and real. Our pets don’t always understand that the scary noises and costumed people are not a threat. To help our pets stay safe and happy, our veterinarians put together some Halloween pet safety tips. Read through them and if you have any questions, call us at (480) 339-0406.
The Question with Costumes
Before you dress up your pet as a bumblebee or Yoda, first ask yourself, “Do they enjoy being dressed up?” If you’re not sure, try to put the outfit on them a few days before Halloween so they can get used to it. It’s important to see if the costume restricts their site, hearing, breathing, or movement as this can be dangerous and uncomfortable for them. If it seems to fit well and they don’t show any signs of distress, then you’re good to go!
As for the costumes you and your family wear, be sure to monitor your pet’s behavior around you. Costumes change your appearance and sometimes your smell, which are two ways your pet recognizes you. If they don’t recognize you, it could cause undue anxiety and they may either run and hide or become aggressive. Keep them in a quiet back room if they seem anxious to help them relax and keep your family and other costumed guests safe, too!
The Trouble with Candy
Halloween candy is practically unavoidable this time of year, but it’s important to keep it away from our pets! Even though chocolate is toxic to them, they are often drawn to it. Additionally, other candies may contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is also toxic to pets. Store all your candy in a paws-free zone and make sure your kids understand that they shouldn’t share their loot with their furry friends!
Halloween decorations are half the fun, but many of them can be dangerous for our pets if they get into them unsupervised. Candles and jack-o’-lanterns can be a fire threat especially in the presence of wagging tails and curious noses! Keep them well out of reach, or use safer, battery-powered candles instead. Many other decorations rely on electricity and some have electric cords that cats and dogs alike love to chew on. Secure these so they cannot get to them.
Need any other tips for a safer Halloween? Call our animal hospital at (480) 339-0406 or ask us at your next appointment!