Adorable lion, taco, or shark costume-clad pets run rampant on Halloween—and sometimes throughout the rest of the year—encouraging pet lovers to fawn over their cute outfits. But, don’t be tempted to give in to those cute, whiskered faces begging for treats, especially if all you have is chocolate. With Halloween fast approaching, what other Halloween horrors should you watch out for? Here are five holiday hazards that can harm your pet this October.
#1: Costume claustrophobia
While your pet may be as cute as a button all dolled up, that button can be a choking hazard or intestinal obstruction. Stick with a simple bandana tied loosely around your pet’s neck instead of a flashy costume with straps, ties, or buttons.
#2: Stranger danger
A group of strange people is scary enough for a pet, but a horde of monsters is enough to make your furry friend howl in terror. If you’re having a Halloween party or anticipate a load of trick-or-treaters, create a sanctuary for your pet that anyone who isn’t naturally furred cannot access. Pack the place with toys, treats, and a cozy bed for a relaxing hideaway.
#3: Candy consumption
We all know the hazards of chocolate for dogs, but what about the hidden dangers of xylitol? A common sugar substitute, xylitol is popping up in baked goods, gum, and candies. This sweetener can cause a dangerous drop in blood glucose, liver failure, and seizures, and can also kill a dog. Let your pet enjoy the fun of treats by creating her own goody bag to rummage through instead of your child’s, or your own.
#4: Dangerous decorations
Rotting jack-o’-lanterns, broken glow sticks, and synthetic spiderwebs all pose a threat to your four-legged friend. Ensure your decorations are out of paws’ reach, as inquisitive noses may sniff out interesting decorations and nibble something that could be harmful.
#5: Eager escapee
With all the hubbub surrounding trick-or-treaters, your pet may take advantage of your distraction and dart out between costumed legs through the open front door. Close off access to the door, or let your pet relax in her crate for the evening with a special treat.
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for your pet. Give us a call about our anti-anxiety options for your furry friend.