Keeping Your Pet Safe During Halloween
Two Spoiled Dogs And One Spoiled Cat
Jake and Maggie resting in the leaves after their long walk. My sister’s cat, Piggy, loving his new fall blanket from Home Goods.
Chocolate – Most people have heard that chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to deadly heart arrythmias. The toxins in chocolate come from the coco itself and the amount that is dangerous to your dog will depend on the size of your dog and the quantity of coco that your dog consumed. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate have lots of coco while milk chocolate and candy bars do not have that much actual coco. If you find that your dog has gotten into the chocolate, immediately call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680.
Sugar free candy – Xylitol is a common substitute for sugar in sugar free candy and gum. While xylitol is safe for humans, it is extremely dangerous for dogs. Even tiny amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and can kill your dog. If you find that your dog has consumed xylitol, call your veterinarian and seek emergency care immediately.
Glow sticks – We use glow sticks to keep our kids safe from cars on Halloween. Some people even put them around their dog’s neck to add to the festivities. Here’s the good news, if your dog chews up the glow stick they are most likely going to be ok. Glow sticks contain a bitter tasting liquid called dibutyl phthalate. This bad tasting goop can cause your dog to drool profusely. Offer your dog plenty of clean water and wash them off to make sure there is no more glow stick liquid in their fur that will be licked off later.
Corn on the Cob Decorations – Somehow, corn cob is an irresistible treat to many dogs. Unfortunately, the cob does not digest in the stomach and tends to try to pass through in the whole chunk that your dog bit off. These cob chunks are often just the right size to get stuck in the way through and the course surface of the cob acts like sandpaper on the sensitive surface of the intestines. Surgery may be required to remove the offending cob.
Lost Dogs – Halloween is a night of opening doors and gates. In a quick second, your dog can get out and become lost.
Follow these tips when dressing up your pet:
Some Halloween decorations can also pose a Halloween pet safety risk, such as:
If your pet is microchipped, ensure that your contact information is correct in the microchip company’s database. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to your vet about the simple procedure to provide future peace of mind. See my post here on To Microchip Or To Not Microchip?
Watch for signs of stress and anxiety, including:
Meanwhile, Thundershirts are designed to hug your pet with gentle, constant pressure to potentially calm fear and anxiety. There are versions for both dogs and cats, so all of your furry family members can reap the benefits.
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