Safety tips for your furry little monsters during Halloween

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler. Well, not much cooler because this is still California. But one can dream! The holidays are just around the corner and the first big celebration of fall is Halloween – so get your costumes ready and your kids’ candy bags out. It’s time for some trick or treating.

As you step away from home with your kids, you might not think too much about it but your pets need to be safe during this time as well. With the added foot traffic around your block, anything can happen when you aren’t looking. So how do you keep your pets safe during Halloween? Well here are a few helpful tips.

Soon, the streets will be filled with children in all sorts of unique and funny costumes, saying those magic words that get them candy. They will be overjoyed, eager to being and just a little bit impatient to get into those sweet and chocolaty treats. Both dogs and cats have been known to eat chocolate but it may be quite harmful to their health. Chocolate is toxic to your pets so be vigilant. Be careful not to leave any opened wrappers and unfinished candy bars laying around once you get home. Wrappers can cause pancreatitis and can be even more harmful than the candy it held inside.

If you plan on taking your pups out with you on the way, make sure to watch the sidewalks for any candy that kids might have dropped on the way. Just make sure to have a strong leash and hold it tight. And if you plan to stay inside and serve candy, keep all candy bowls up high where your dog can’t reach.

Make sure to keep your cats and dogs indoors for the week of Halloween. In case your dog is nervous or protective, this will reduce the chance of them barking or confronting young kids who will no doubt come knocking to get some delicious candy. Since trick-or-treaters tend to come to the front door, keeping your pets locked away in another room or part of the house would be safest for everyone. Rowdy teenagers sometimes tend to play pranks with pets during this spooky time of year so keeping them indoors also keeps them from getting injured or frightened.

Keeping pumpkins and corn out of reach is another way of preventing potential health issues. Although corn and pumpkins are nontoxic to pets, ingesting too much of it can create gastrointestinal discomfort. On a night where most vets would not be available, this small problem could become a larger one if the pets cannot find relief. So keep those pumpkins purely outdoors for decoration or opt to buy plastic pumpkins that can last year after year.

Another rising concern is the use of glow sticks by children looking to light their way, saving them from the dark. The appeal wears off after a while and kids tend to discard their radiant torches on the ground. Both dogs but especially cats enjoy chewing on those glowing things they see as toys. If punctured, pets might become at risk for chemical exposure. Although glow sticks are not toxic, their bitter oily liquid can cause excessive drooling in cats and poses a choking hazard for dogs. Keep an eye out for those glow sticks. If you see one on the ground, throw it away in a trash can to protect not only your pets but your neighbor’s pets as well.

Lastly, raisins can prove to be very dangerous for certain breeds of dogs. They might be a healthier alternative to candy for kids, but even a small piece of it ingested can lead to kidney failure in dogs; so best to keep any candy containing raisins far away from reach.

Family is the most important thing in life and your furry family needs to be protected as well. Keep your pets safe this holiday season while you enjoy the fall festivities dressed to the nines in your favorite Disney character costumes. Happy Halloween!



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