31 Oct Howl-O-Ween Dangers
Who else loves a dog dressed up as a pumpkin? Or a cat in a batman costume?
As fun as this day can be, extra caution is needed when you have pets. Keep your pet safe by making sure you’re familiar with these common Halloween dangers.
Chocolate – there will be lots of it! The darker the chocolate the more harmful it will be to your pet. Ingestion might lead to a fast and irregular heart beat, changes to blood pressure and excitability.
Sugarless lollies, chewing gum and baked treats – may contain the sweetener xylitol that causes low blood sugar (due to insulin release) and liver damage in dogs.
Costumes – not poisonous, but can have a number of negative effects on your pet including stress (in the reluctant participant), injury from tripping or falling, injury from bumping into things especially if it impairs their vision, sores and cuts around the legs, neck and ears from ill-fitting costumes, injury from catching the costume on another object, and intestinal obstruction should they eat part of the costume.
Escape – with doors opening and closing, lots of strangely dressed people on the streets, the raucous behaviour of sugar-filled children (and adults), the risk of escape and becoming lost increases. Keep your pet secure in a quiet area of the home if possible and ensure their identification details are up to date.
Grapes, sultanas, currants and raisins – these can cause kidney failure in dogs. Be mindful in particular of these grape products that can be ‘hidden’ in baked goods like breads and muffins.
Burns – lit candles add to the spooky ambiance of Halloween but are a fire and burn hazard when your pet is around. If your pet does get burned by a candle, once the area is made safe, run cool water from the tap over the affected area for at least 10 minutes then seek veterinary attention.
Glow-sticks/Jewellery – popular with trick-or-treaters, some pets (especially cats) chew on them, releasing the bitter material inside which is an irritant that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
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