With Halloween only a few days away, it’s important to remember our furry trick-or-treaters and their safety. Whether they’re following children door-to-door or just helping you pass out candy at home, these reminders will make sure you have a no-scream Halloween.
- Candy – all types of chocolate (especially dark chocolate) can cause severe problems for pets including vomiting, diarrhea and seizures! Certain types of mints contain the sweetener xylitol which can cause life-threatening drops in blood sugar. And for those health conscious households, even raisins aren’t ok for your fluffy friends. Grapes and grape products can cause acute kidney failure.
- Decorations – Harvest corn is a popular decoration through Thanksgiving, but make sure it is kept out of reach of your pets. If eaten, corn on the cob is an almost guaranteed intestinal obstruction!
- Jack-O-Lanterns – The pumpkin? Pretty safe. The lit candle inside? Not so much. Especially when there are waggily tails and curious paws around. Keep pets away from all lit candles to avoid burns to them and your house.
- Costumes – Is there such a thing as pet that doesn’t look cute in a costume? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean that every pet enjoys dress-up. Animals use body language as their primary means of communication. Having portions of their body covered can cause undo stress. If your pet is not used to wearing clothing, a bulky hot dog costume may not be the right choice for their first time. But, if your pet is okay wearing costumes, make sure you choose the right one. They should fit well but not be tight. Make sure it doesn’t constrict their breathing or interfere with their hearing and allows normal movement
- Trick-or-Treaters – Having the door bell rung every thirty seconds all evening can cause a lot of stress on your pet. Unless your pet is very social, they should be kept in a separate room away from the front door. This is not only for the safety of the children but also for the safety of your pet.
- Run-aways! – Another reason to separate your pet is to ensure that they don’t run away through a door that is constantly being opened a closed. Still, it is a good idea to make sure your pet is wearing a collar that clearly identifies them and yourself, with a contact number in case they get lost. Also make sure to ask the AMC staff about microchip identification if you haven’t already.
- Have fun – Our last tip is to have a happy and safe Halloween and to drop by AMC for a wonderful selection of healthy treats for your pet if they feel left out!