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Texas Halloween Safety for Pets

Texas Halloween safety is not just for people. Pets also need to be kept safe this Halloween and it will be up to the pet owners to do just that. Luckily, it only takes some consideration to keep pets safe. If you haven’t already, it is a good idea to visit your veterinarian to have a microchip inserted so if your pet does get lost, there is a better chance they will come back home.

Pets and Candy

Pets aren’t supposed to eat people-food, and this is especially true for Halloween candy. Candy that contains the “sugar-free” sweetener xylitol are especially poisonous to dogs. If a dog eats enough of this, they may suffer from rapid hypoglycemia and liver failure. Other species may also suffer, such as ferrets, so it’s just best to keep animals away from candy.

Chocolate toxicity is a real threat around Halloween. Milk chocolate is less toxic than baking chocolate, but it’s best to keep all chocolate out of the reach of dogs and other pets. Signs of chocolate toxicity include:

  • Tremors
  • Nervousness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Seizures and death (in severe cases)

If your dog eats chocolate, immediately contact your veterinarian. This may be something you want to discuss with your veterinarian during a routine check-up since many homes have candy year-round.

Halloween Safety for Pet Costumes

Even though you may love dressing your pet up in a costume, that does not mean your pet does. If your pet appears to be stressed when wearing the costume, remove it for their safety.

If your pet doesn’t seem to mind a costume, you still want to make sure they stay safe while wearing it. Don’t choose a costume that:

  • Obstructs vision, hearing, or movement.
  • Has anything around the neck that could risk choking or strangling your pet.
  • Has small parts or pieces that would be easy to chew off and swallow.
  • Is hard to see in the dark. Add reflective tape to costume if the costume doesn’t have reflective pieces and you are going out after dark.

Trick-or-Treaters

Pets and trick-or-treating aren’t a good mix. Follow some tips to keep your pet safe:

  • Do not take your pet trick-or-treating. Dogs that are normally well behaved may get spooked and act aggressively.
  • Keep pets inside on Halloween. You may want to keep cats, especially black cats, inside for a few days around Halloween to avoid pranks and cruetly-related incidents.
  • Keep pets in a separate room to avoid them wanting to go to the door every time there is a trick-or-treater.

Resources:

http://www.halopets.com/pet-education/pet-articles/halloween-pet-safety-tips.html

http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/winterinfo/a/halloweensafety.htm

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  1. […] Halloween costumes for pets continues to grow in demand as more pet owners want to dress up their pet. If you are going to one of Arlington’s dog parks, get in the Halloween spirit and find a costume that fits their personality while they play and have fun with others. Keep in mind that you should never leave a pet unsupervised when wearing a costume and never force an animal to wear a costume if they look uncomfortable. […]