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With Halloween right around the corner, trick-or-treating, costume parties and scary movie marathons are on all of our minds. While this spooky holiday is tons of fun for humans, it can be dangerous for our furry friends. Make sure to keep a watchful eye on your pets and keep them safe from these common Halloween dangers:
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.
All of the sugar in Halloween candy can lead to pancreatitis in pets. This condition causes painful inflammation of the pancreas, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.
While raisins are a healthier alternative to candy for us, they pose a serious health risk to dogs and cats. Raisin ingestion can lead to kidney failure, so it’s important to keep raisins out of your pet’s reach. If you suspect your pet has eaten raisins, look for the following symptoms: vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, constipation, increased thirst and blood in urine. If your pet displays these symptoms, he or she will need immediate veterinary care.
Pet costumes aren’t necessarily bad, but you should be cautious if you plan to dress up your fur-baby. Costumes can obstruct your pet’s hearing, vision and range of motion as well as lead to overheating. Keep a close watch on your pet if you intend to dress them in a costume.
Just like the sweet treats inside of them, candy wrappers can be incredibly dangerous for pets. When ingested, foil and plastic candy wrappers lead to severe digestion problems and can inhibit your pet’s bowel movements. If your pet ingests candy wrappers, you’ll need to make a visit to the vet to have them removed.
Dogs and cats can’t metabolize chocolate, so the risk of poisoning is a real threat. If your pet shows signs of an increased heart rate, begins vomiting, has diarrhea or seems lethargic, they may have consumed chocolate and need to receive immediate veterinary care.
Keep your pets safe this Halloween by making sure all non-pet treats are out of reach and stored in appropriate containers. Additionally, keep all Halloween décor out of your pet’s reach. If your four-legged friend happens to get into something he or she shouldn’t, 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!