Halloween Pet Safety
Halloween Pet Safety Tips for Tulsa Pet Parents
Pets can still have fun on Halloween, too, but there are certain hazards that can cause trouble for them—and for you! Be sure to plan ahead for the holiday and keep a close eye on your pet. We know their health is important to you, and we want to help you prevent an emergency in any way possible.
Keep Your Pet Away from the Treats
Chocolate, grapes/raisins, nuts, and sugar-free candy and gum should be kept far away from your pet. Along with making them sick, sugar-free candy and gum usually contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be deadly if ingested. Store candy out of reach in cabinets and don’t leave anything sitting where your pet can easily reach it.
Be Aware of Choking Hazards
Candy wrappers, plastic bags, twist ties, candy apple sticks, and other easy-to-swallow objects are always a risk around this time of year. Dispose of any trash and check the floor and under the couch—you never know what might end up there!
Additionally, some decorations or costume pieces might contain small parts that can cause choking or bowel obstruction.
Few things create an atmosphere quite like candles, but open flames can be extremely dangerous for homes with pets. Use artificial candles instead, and keep strands of lights out of reach so your pet won’t be tempted to chew on them.
Fake spider webs can also cause problems. Your pet may try to eat it, or they might get tangled up in it by accident. We also advise against using it outdoors, where it can be harmful to birds and other wildlife.
Why You Should Keep Your Pet Indoors on Halloween
Unfortunately, pranks are popular on Halloween, and they aren’t always harmless. Often pets, especially black cats, become the target of malicious pranks, putting their safety at risk. Your pet would rather be inside with you, anyway, and you can have peace of mind knowing they won’t come to any harm.
Another concern is that some pets left outside might attempt to run off and if they do, they could get lost. The presence of trick-or-treaters around your neighborhood can prove to be both stressful and exciting for your pet, so be cautious and keep them inside.