Halloween may be an exciting season for us and our children, but it can be dangerous for our furry friends! There are a number of dangers that can affect them at this time of the year. We recommend that all pet owners keep an eye on their pets at Halloween and ensure that they are protected. Some common Halloween concerns are detailed below:
Hazards to Pets in During the Halloween Season
- Halloween is characterized by delicious treats and lots of candy, but it’s important to remember that candy is toxic for our pets to eat! Chocolate and sugar free candy is especially hazardous for them. If your pet gets a hold of Halloween candy, be sure to contact the Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital team immediately so we can determine whether emergency medical treatment is necessary.
- If you’re dressing your pet up in a Halloween costume, make sure they are always supervised while in costume. Clothing is not natural for animals so they may become stressed or even struggle to remove it. Keep an eye on your pet all the time they’re dressed up and use your best judgement. If they look uncomfortable, they should have the costume removed.
Jack-o-lanterns are well-loved Halloween decorations, but they can be dangerous ones! If they are lit with a candle and they’re tipped over the hot wax or the flame could cause severe burns or a fire.
If you have questions about your pet’s safety this season, please contact our team for assistance. We’re committed to helping each pet lead a long, healthy, and happy life!