Halloween is here! Whether your plans include hosting or attending a party, passing out candy, or trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, it's important to remember how this fun & spooky holiday affects our pets.
Here are 5 tips to ensure your furry best friend avoids all the possible Halloween scares this year!
1. ID please!
Whether your pet is staying home or joining in on the festivities, it is always important to have an updated ID tag. Double check that the ID details are accurate and that your pet's collar is on securely. If your pet has a microchip, it never hurts to contact the microchip company and double check that they have the correct phone number and address, just in case.
2. Keep Treats Out of Reach
We know this holiday is all about the sweet treats! From candy to cupcakes to caramel covered apples, it is all super delicious! Although we may enjoy indulging in some extra servings of sugar, these treats are sure to trick our pets. Chocolate is toxic and other sugary snacks can cause some major digestive problems.
If you believe your pet has ingested something harmful, be sure to hold on to any wrappers and watch closely for signs of distress.These symptoms may include:
- Vomiting or straining to vomit
- Straining during defecation
- Blood or mucous in the stool
- Not able to get comfortable when resting or pacing around the house
- Overall weakness or lethargy
At the first sign that your pet has eaten something foreign to their regular diet, contact your regular veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital.
3. Calm & Quiet
It's true, some pets truly enjoy being part of the party, but for many holidays and new activity can cause a lot of stress. To minimize this, provide a calm and quiet place for your pet to rest away from the action of the evening. This could be a bedroom where they have a bed or crate or just keeping them on a leash and close to a family member during a party of activity.
With trick-or-treaters it can be extra important to keep your pet contained to avoid them slipping out the open door or feeling fearful of strangers arriving in various costumes. Humans can be scary, too!
4. Dangerous Decorations
Aside from all the snacks, Halloween decorations can also pose a threat to your pet's safety. Lights come with electrical wiring and if your pet like's to chew this can be quite dangerous. They also may become entangled if lights are low to the ground or in a place where your pet can reach. Hang lights high up or use tape to ensure they cannot be access by your pet.
5. Costumes Not Required
Halloween is a fun time to dress up and pet costumes have become very popular! However, keep in mind that though we may find it adorable, not all pets enjoy wearing a costume. We always want to make sure our pets feel comfortable for the safety of both them and those around so never force your pet into a costume. If your pet enjoys dressing up, that is wonderful and we hope you have a great time!
When selecting a pet costume, we recommend checking to see that there is nothing that could cause harm or become a hazard such as tags, laces, or strings. These could be chewed on or get caught on something entrapping your pet. Costumes made specifically for pets may help avoid these possible hazards.
Kaibab Animal Hospital wishes you all a safe, fun, and spooky Halloween holiday! Should you have any concerns regarding your pet, please never hesitate to contact us at (480) 947-8113. If you have an emergency outside of our normal hours, please contact one of the following facilities:
Emergency Animal Clinic: (480) 949-8001
VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona : (480) 898-0001
Paradise Valley Emergency Center of Arizona: (480) 991-1845