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All Hallows’ Eve is right around the corner, which means it’s time for trick-or-treating, parties and scary movie marathons. While this ghoulish holiday is all types of fun for us, it brings dangers along with it for our feline and canine companions. So be sure to use great care if your pets will be in close proximity to the following Halloween pet dangers:
If your pets got ahold of some Halloween candy, imagine how much they could eat before deciding to stop. While pets shouldn’t eat candy in the first place, overindulgence can lead to pancreatitis, a condition that causes painful inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms of pancreatitis include: loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and pain.
Pets are drawn to the smell and taste of chocolate (like many humans), but this treat is very dangerous for them to consume. Their bodies aren’t built to metabolize chocolate, so the risk of poisoning is a real threat. If your pet happens to consume chocolate this Halloween, watch out for the following symptoms that could point to poisoning: increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.
Candy wrappers of course smell like candy, so they are very tempting for pets. However, these foil and plastic wrappers can cause severe problems with digestion and inhibit bowel movements if ingested.
While raisins are a healthier alternative to candy for us, they pose great health risks for pets. In fact, raisin ingestion can lead to kidney failure. If you suspect your pet of eating raisins, be sure to look for the following symptoms: vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, constipation, increased thirst and blood in urine.
While pet costumes aren’t necessarily bad, they can still be dangerous, as they can obstruct pets’ hearing, vision and range of motion as well as lead to overheating. If you are dressing your pets up, be sure to keep a close watch on them.
Pets see glow sticks and jewelry as chew toys, but if these items are ingested, they can cause stomach issues and mouth irritation. Symptoms to look for include excessive drooling, vomiting and foaming at the mouth.
To keep your precious pets safe this Halloween, be sure all non-pet treats are out of reach and in appropriate containers. Also keep any Halloween décor out of your pet’s reach. If your four-legged friend happens to get into something he or she shouldn’t this Halloween, or if you suspect poisoning, please do not hesitate to contact Creekside Pet Care Center for help at any time. We are open 24/7—every day, weekend and holiday!