HALLOWEEN PET SAFETY
For many of us, Halloween can be a howling good time. Candy and costumes can be a lot of fun for all ages. Unfortunately, our pets do not always agree. For them, it can be a stressful night that causes anxiety.
The team of Veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Hospital would like to offer some Halloween safety tips so pet lovers can enjoy their Howl-o-ween and keep their animals safe.
NO TREATS FOR YOUR ANIMALS
Candy, candy wrappers, and Halloween decorations should be kept out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate is toxic and many sugar-free candies and gum contain Xylitol or Birch Sugar, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. The wrappers on candy can also be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect that your pet has ingested something with Xylitol or Birch Sugar, call a veterinarian immediately.
BEWARE OF GLOW STICKS AND BRACELETS
Children often carry glow sticks, necklaces, or bracelets while trick-or-treating. When brought inside, pets— cats especially—find them to be a lot of fun. However, if they puncture it and get the liquid inside it is extremely bitter. The liquid may make your pet start acting differently or begin to drool.
PUMPKINS ARE NOT FOR PETS
Pumpkins, while are not toxic can still upset pets’ stomachs. Additionally, if you have candles lit in your pumpkin, your pet could knock it over and it can be a fire hazard. If your pumpkin is lit, keep it out of your pet’s reach.
ENSURE YOUR PETS HAVE IDENTIFICATION ALWAYS
With trick-or-treaters at your door constantly, there is a chance they could run out. If your dog or cat does escape when the door is open, proper identification increases the chance of your pet being returned.
PROVIDE A QUIET SPACE FOR YOUR PET
Your doorbell, parties, people in and out — all bring stress and anxiety to your pet(s). Be sure to give your pets a quiet, safe space on Halloween.
COSTUMES ARE FOR PEOPLE
Unless you know that your pet enjoys being dressed up, don’t dress them in a Halloween costume. Avoid costumes with small or dangling accessories that the pet could chew off and possibly choke on. Make sure that costumed pets are supervised at all times. If costumes are not your pet’s favorite attire, a festive bandana can usually do the trick!
DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TRICK-OR-TREATING
You never know what can happen while out with so many people and it is best to leave your pet at home. Dogs may become excited and uncontrollable. For their protection, cats should be kept indoors at all times.
The Cumberland Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina understands how important it is to keep our pets safe for the holidays. Follow these tips, and your pet will have just as much fun as you and your kids this Halloween! If your pet has any holiday issues, please contact us at 910-822-3337. Cumberland Animal Hospital’s veterinarians in Fayetteville, NC are always available to assist you. Call us to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.