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Halloween Pet Hazards You May Not Know About

At first glance, it is hard to imagine Halloween being a traumatizing time for pet owners or animals, but this fun holiday can take a disappointing turn without careful attention. Here are some Halloween pet hazards you probably never thought to worry about! 

Pumpkins 

Pumpkins are not unsafe for your pets to ingest but can be a dangerous choking hazard if your pet gets a hold of a large piece or stem. We recommend disposing of your pumpkins once they are no longer in their prime as moldy or composted pumpkins can grow a mold known as tremorgenic mycotoxins, which can cause your pet to develop body tremors, vomiting and diarrhea. 

Trick-or-Treaters

The sound of trick-or-treaters repeatedly knocking on your door or giggling outside may overstimulate your pet. Your animals may feel anxious or stressed with all the new faces dressed up in costumes. This can cause them to become reactive, feel immense stress, or even try to run out the door to escape in a panic. Keep your pet in their crate or a quiet room so they can stay calm and relaxed. 

Candy, Chocolate & Wrappers 

Be careful about your pet’s access to Halloween chocolate and candy. Chocolate is poisonous to pets–the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to their health. Sugar-free candies contain Xylitol which is also toxic to your furry friends. Additionally, ensure all wrappers are disposed of properly so your pet doesn’t mistakenly eat one and end up with a dangerous blockage in their digestive tract.

Decorations & Lights 

Festive decorations enhance your festive spirit and light up your home, but they may pose a risk to your beloved pet’s well-being. Lights and electrical wires may be appealing to your pet, but they may be inclined to play with the wires. We strongly suggest ensuring all decorations are unplugged when you are not home to keep your pet out of harm’s way.

Contact your veterinarian for further guidance on how to keep your pet safe during this Halloween season and don’t hesitate to contact your local emergency veterinary hospital when accidents happen.

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