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Many of us like to have fun during Halloween, but our pets can be frightened by all of the noises, costumes and even decorations. Halloween is a time with many dangers for our pets.

Dog in Halloween Pumpkin CostumeDressing up can be fun for humans, but our pets may not enjoy this. If you pet tolerates a costume, make sure to avoid rubber bands or anything else that may be constricting. Costumes on people can also be scary to our pets. Masks, large hats and other accessories can confuse pets. It is not unusual for pets to act fearful of people in costumes.

Constant visitors to the door along with spooky costumes may frighten your pet. This could cause your pet to try to escape or get hurt. Consider keeping you pet safe with a special treat away from the door. Even in a fenced in yard, Halloween is not a good night for your pet to be outside. Black cats, especially, are at a higher risk from cruelty and injury on Halloween night.

Some Halloween decorations can pose a threat to your pets as well. Fake cobwebs can cause an intestinal obstruction if eaten. Candles, even inside of pumpkins, can be knocked over, burning your pet as well as damage to your home. Keep pets away from all Halloween candy! Most people are aware of the dangers of chocolate. Even a small amount can be toxic to your pet! Other goodies can also cause problems for your pet. Lollipop sticks and foil wrappers can cause a blockage in the intestines. Candy that is sweetened with xylitol, such as sugar free gum or candy, can cause a serious drop in your pet’s blood sugar. Some pet’s may get an upset stomach just from eating a piece of candy.

Taking a few simple precautions will allow you and your pet to have an enjoyable Halloween. Helpful products such as Feliway or Adaptil can help reduce your pet's stress. One of our team members would be happy to discuss with you how to make Halloween less stressful for your pet, please give us a call at 708-720-2400.