Fall and Halloween Pet Safety
Sweater weather has arrived, and it’s time to plan for how to keep your pet out of trouble this season. Whether it’s helping them stay warm as the temperatures plunge or preventing havoc, our animal hospital has helpful fall and Halloween pet safety tips to get you and your best friend through the autumn season without a hitch.
- Weather: You’ve felt it in the air—it’s getting colder by the day. Remember to keep an eye on your pet while they romp around outdoors; don’t leave them unattended for long. As silly as it may sound, a sweater or jacket in their size could also benefit your pet, whether they’re just playing in the yard or taking a walk with you around the block. Additionally, you can invest in a sturdy shelter that keeps your pet warm and dry while they’re outdoors (if they’re the outdoorsy type).
- Wild Mushrooms: Most wild mushrooms are generally harmless, but a few can be deadly. Some of these include the Death Cap and the Destroying Angel. The Death Cap is becoming more common throughout the US and is fatal for both human and companion animal consumption. Destroying Angels can also kill by shutting down the liver and other organs. Your best bet is to remove any wild mushrooms you come across in your yard or while you and your pet are out on a walk.
If by chance you think your pet may have snacked on a wild mushroom, contact us or reach out to the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.
- Treats: Candy, gum, and other popular Halloween treats are a fun and tasty way for people to enjoy the season, but they can be toxic for our pets. This is especially true for chocolate and sugar-free sweets. Candies that claim to be sugar-free usually contain xylitol, a sweetener that can be life-threatening to pets if consumed in large enough amounts. Grapes and raisins also remain a major hazard to your pet’s health, so keep those out of reach. And don’t forget to throw away any candy wrappers or small plastic bags—these are choking hazards.
- Decorations: Open flames are a serious fire hazard, especially if you have a curious cat or canine in the house. Opt for artificial candles, which can produce the same flickering effect as real flames. Other decorations to be careful with are fake spiderwebs, strands of lights, and anything that has dangly pieces that your pet might want to play with or try to eat.
- Tricks: Pranksters often wreak havoc on Halloween night, and unfortunately, sometimes they will target pets that are left outside. Keeping your pet indoors for the evening not only keeps them safe, but it might prove less stressful for them as well.