Pets can get frightened easily, said Dr. Russett. With strangers coming to the door in costumes, all the noise and commotion, Halloween can cause disorientation and fear in the animals of the house. Here are some helpful tips from Dr. Russett to help keep Halloween fun for the furry members of your family!
Keep an Eye on the Treats!
Candy can cause serious harm to pets. Chocolate is very toxic to animals - the darker the chocolate, the more serious the condition. Ingesting chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and even death. Dr. Russett said the best thing to do for your pet if you think they've eaten candy is contact the Emergency Clinic right away. It's best if you can tell them what the pet ate, how much and the size of the pet.
"It is better to be treated right away rather than to wait until they get too sick," Dr. Russett said. "Attempting to treat the pet at home can make the condition worse so it's best to call immediately."
Other candies can be harmful as well. Sugar free candy often contains Xylitol which is poisonous to dogs and causes low blood sugar and liver failure. Grapes and raisins are also highly toxic to pets.
Keep an Eye on Them!
Pets can get spooked easily. It can cause them to run away so keep an eye on the door as your opening it for trick-or-treaters. Also, if there are open flames in the house, keep them out of reach of the pets. They can get knocked over or even catch on a tail.
If you have a black cat, Dr. Russett suggests you keep them safely tucked inside for the night. We don't want anyone acting out on old superstitions.
Lastly, even if your pets are great with strangers, people dressed in costumes can be a whole other story. Watch too much interaction - your pets can be confused and act out in fear.
Although it's important to be careful with your pets on Halloween, Dr. Russett said it can still be a fun night! Spoil them, she said, with their normal treats!
"Corky (Dr. Russett's dog) will be getting lots of Hill's T/D treats on Halloween night," she said. "Those are her very favorite. The cats might even get a little cat nip which is fun for everyone!"
In addition to normal treats, many dogs enjoy carrots or green beans. Be sure to avoid jerky treats that can cause harm. Check out this article for more information on the risks of jerky treats.