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Halloween Hazards For Pets

Halloween is just around the corner! This can be a dangerous time of year for our four-legged friends! Here, a local Green Bay, WI vet discusses some seasonal dangers for pet parents to be aware of.

Candy

Many seasonal candies contain things like chocolate, nuts, raisins, and xylitol, which are all toxic to pets. Grapes, currants, pitted fruits, and caffeine are also poisonous to our furry pals. Hard candies and candy wrappers can pose choking hazards. Keep those sweet treats out of paws’ reach!

Traffic

Halloween often brings an increase in both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. If you have a dog, keep him on a short leash during his walks. Do you have a yard for your pup to chase squirrels around in? That’s great, but we do recommend limiting Fido’s outdoor time this week, especially after dark. Trick or treaters may agitate your canine buddy. There’s also a risk of children giving him something that isn’t safe for him.

Decorations

Keep pets in mind when hanging decorations. Put string lights, jack-o-lanterns, candles, and anything small or sharp in places your furry friend can’t reach. Wires and cords are also dangerous, as are dangling threads and/or gauzy type decorations, like fake spiderwebs.

Visitors

Some dogs can get pretty worked up over a steady stream of visitors. If Fido takes his door-doggy position a bit too seriously, put him in a back room with bedding, treats, and toys during the Halloween candy rush. Turn a radio on to mask the noise.

Chemicals

Many people treat their lawns at this time of year. Fertilizers, pesticides, and other lawn/garden chemicals are a definite hazard!

Weather

Temperatures can drop rapidly in fall. If Fido has a doghouse, make sure it’s well insulated and raised off the ground a bit. You may also want to hang strips of carpet or thick plastic from the door to keep the wind out. If you let your kitty roam, make sure that she has an emergency shelter. A storage tote with a hole cut in one side will do nicely.

Keep Cats In

Sadly, cats often go missing around Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk, in part due to old wives’ tales associating them with witches. Play it safe, and keep Fluffy indoors!

Please contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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