Keeping Your Pets Safe On Halloween

Yorkies and a Pumpkin

Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family. However, it is important to keep in mind everyone’s safety, including your pet. We have put together some very important points to remember this Halloween. If you have any questions about these recommendations, please call us.

Trick not Treat for Fido – Candy is one of the cornerstones of Halloween. Chances are you have plenty of candy sitting around your house before, during, and after Halloween. It is important to know which types of candy could be harmful to your pet. Below is a list of some of the toxic ingredients found in candy:

  • Chocolate is extremely dangerous to pets. Depending on the chocolate, even a small amount could be deadly. The darker the chocolate, the stronger the dose. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, fast heart rate, and death.
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  • Chewing gum and mints sometimes contain an ingredient called xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in sugar free products. This ingredient can cause low blood sugar, weakness, collapse, seizures, liver cell death, and death. One stick of gum could be toxic for your pet.
  • Grapes/Raisins are sometimes found in candy. They may seem harmless, but to your pet can be deadly. Grapes/raisins can cause sudden kidney failure. We currently do not know how many grapes/raisins can cause toxicity, however you should assume that even one could cause side effects.
  • Even though other types of candy may appear harmless, your pet is not used to eating candy. Eating something new could result in vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and lethargy.
  • Wrappers can do harm just like the candy they concealed. Wrappers can cause irritation to the digestive tract and potentially lead to an obstruction.
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The Halloween Walk – Your pet needs exercise but this can be tricky around Halloween. Additionally, as children are out trick or treating you will want to be sure your pet stays safe and comfortable inside your house. The following tips can help your Halloween to go along smoothly:

  • Be sure to take your pet out before trick or treating begins.
  • Once trick or treating begins, keep your pet indoors away from all the commotion.
  • It is best to keep your pet in a safe area of the house, where they cannot escape and will be comfortable. Make sure to provide chew toys, blankets, beds or any other things they are used to.
  • If you choose to have your pet in area of the house where trick or treaters may be visiting, make sure to have either a baby gate or barricade by the door to prevent your pet from escaping.
  • Make sure your pet has a collar on with proper identification. A electronic microchip will not be lost even if the collar comes off.
  • Don’t make assumptions. Do not assume everyone likes animals. Do not assume your pet will get along with unusually dressed children.

Halloween Decorations - Decorating for Halloween is always fun, but many of these decorations could be potentially harmful to your pets.

Bull Dog in Devil Outfit
  • Holiday Lights carry electricity and going to be something new in the environment, like a new toy. Take care to ensure your pet does not chew on any of these wires.
  • Candles are common around Halloween. Candles can cause severe burns to pets and can result in house fires. Make sure you do not leave candles unattended when you have animals.
  • Pumpkins may seem harmless but if you intend to carve a pumpkin make sure to keep all the sharp objects off the floor or out of reach of your pet.

Hopefully these tips can help provide you and your family with a safe and fun Halloween. Again, if you have any questions or if you have any concerns please call us at 651-739-0117.

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