SAFETY

Halloween dangers for pets

Oct 29, 2021, 7:28 AM | Updated: 7:38 am
Halloween dangers for pets...
These doggos were spotted at Nuzzles Co Pet Rescue and Adoption, where dogs and their people were encouraged to come by in their costumes. Photo credit: Nuzzles and Co.

SALT LAKE CITY — Halloween is full of dangers for our pets. Cats and dogs are vulnerable to a multitude of risks this spooky season. 

Danger can lurk behind every door, especially if you are frequently opening your front door to trick-or-treaters. That’s when our furry friends may try to make an escape.

Veterinarians are reminding people to keep their pets locked up safely when the little ghouls and goblins start ringing your doorbell. They say the Halloween holiday has the second-highest rate of lost pets. That’s why vets recommend all pets have a microchip.

But there are many other things to watch out for. Jessica Love, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, says candles can be very dangerous — especially for cats.

Read More: 5 ways to keep your pets safe this Halloween

“Even if you think you’re candle is out of the way, cats like to be in high places. They can be severely burned and injured if they jump up where a candle is lit,” said Love.

Dogs can also be hurt by burning candles inside pumpkins. Love said that “some canines have been known to try and eat carved jack-o-lanterns. Their noses and paws can be burned trying to get into them.”

And don’t forget about chocolate. Love stated she hopes most people know by now that chocolate is toxic for dogs, but may not realize how readily they will eat the packaging, too. Dogs will even “eat everything around the chocolate if it smells good. That includes the plastic bag and tinfoil wrappings.”  

While it may be fun to see our pets dressed in cute costumes, veterinarians are cautioning against anything with beads or snaps. Metal items can cause lead poisoning in pets if they are swallowed. Plastic beads and metal can cause intestinal obstructions in dogs and cats.

This brings us to all the fun Halloween decorations.

Dr. Love says it’s never a good idea to teach your cats to play with strings. They have very rough tongues and can’t spit out items that get stuck on it. They have no choice but to swallow.

“I have big reservations about spider web decorations. Many cats play with them because they have dangling strings. If they eat it, that is a surgical emergency.” said Love.

Halloween dangers for our pets can be everywhere, be sure to stay safe this spooky season. 


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