Halloween treats, candies and costumes can be all fun and games until it creates unpleasant and potentially dangerous situations for your pets! Let’s avoid that by following a few simple, but key tips so everyone is able to enjoy their Halloween without the panic:
- Keep the candies and chocolates limited to the humans – Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum). Chocolate ingestion can cause grave consequences in your pets such as vomiting, diarrhea and even poisoning. If you want to celebrate with your pet, you can either make or buy pet safe cookies or treats that are specifically catered to your pet’s health and taste buds!
- ID Tags – Make sure your pets are able to be properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tags) in case he/she escapes through an open door while trick or treating. Even mild-mannered dogs and cats may find strangers in costume upsetting and may behave in an unpredictable manner.
- Halloween Decor – Make sure all your Halloween decor such as candles, jack-o-lanterns and decorative items (especially ones that could act as a potential foreign body) are kept out of reach of your pets.
- Keep costumes simple – If you plan to dress your pets up for Halloween, make sure the costume fits them properly and is comfortable. Make sure the pet doesn’t engage in chewing bits and pieces of the costume. Also make sure it doesn’t interfere with your pet’s ability to see, hear or breathe. Other costume safety considerations include: comfortable material so the pet does not overheat, instead of an elastic on the head or neck choose easy slide on and off accessories.
- A safe hiding place – If your pet needs a little more comfort and seems anxious or frightened by all the sights and sounds of the holiday, provide them with a comfortable calm and safe hiding place, it could be their crate, another room with soothing music, etc.
If you have any questions concerning your pet during Halloween season please contact Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008 or visit us at www.meadowlandsvethospital.com.