Keeping Your Pet Safe on Trick-or-Treat Night

Trick-or-treat night is coming up fast! Is your pet ready for the festivities? Make sure your animal companion stays safe this holiday with these tips from your Niwot, CO veterinary professional:

Beware of Chocolate and Candy

Chocolate and candy treats are found in abundance around Halloween and trick-or-treat night; in fact, you might have a large bowl of treats sitting out, ready for hungry trick-or-treaters! Make sure your pet can’t get anywhere near these foods, as chocolate and candy are very dangerous. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which pets shouldn’t have. Candy, gum, and certain baked items are often sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar that is toxic to pets and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse.

Prevent Anxiety and Escape

Trick-or-treat night is prime-time for pet anxiety, simply because of the volume of people who will be visiting your home. Many pets can become totally stressed out by the constant ringing of the doorbell, or they may get so excited that they exhaust themselves.

Escape is another common trick-or-treat night hazard. There’s a chance your animal companion will dart right out of the open doorway when you open it for trick-or-treaters, and it can be very difficult to find your pet in the dark of night. To be safe, secure your pet in another room for the duration of the evening. Just in case your best efforts prove fruitless, make sure your pet is outfitted with a microchip, up-to-date ID tags hanging from the collar, or both.

Careful with Costumes

Are you planning on dressing your canine or feline friend up in their very own Halloween costume this year? This will be adorable and trick-or-treaters will love it, but keep in mind that all pets don’t take kindly to wearing clothing; pets may become agitated if a costume is too loose-fitting or tight. Plus, some costumes may have small pieces that could be chewed off and swallowed, leading to a dangerous choking episode or intestinal blockage. Before trick-or-treat night, do a “trial run” with your pet’s costume to make sure your pet is comfortable wearing it. Also be sure to check the costume itself for small parts (plastic eyes, pieces of ribbon, etc.) that could present a hazard.

Would you like more helpful tips on keeping your pet safe while your family enjoys trick-or-treat night this year? Give your vet in Niwot, CO a call today.

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