!Let's Talk! Button

Halloween Hazards for Dogs and Cats

October 15, 2014

Halloween’s sneaking up at the end of this month—don’t let the holiday turn into a real nightmare for you and your pet! Take heed of your Thorold vet’s tips for keeping your pet safe this time of year.

Chocolate

There’s bound to be a lot of chocolate treats floating around your home this time of year. Remember that chocolate is very bad for pets—it contains caffeine and theobromine, harmful chemicals that can induce vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse in pets. Never leave chocolate of any kind out on countertops or tables where pets can get to it.

Candy

Candy, gum, and some baked goods are sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar that can cause serious health complications in dogs and cats. Even as little as a stick and a half of xylitol-sweetened chewing gum can poison a small pet, so keep it far out of your pet’s grasp. Also remember to tightly restrict your furry friend’s access to the trick-or-treat bowl!

Escape Hazard

On trick-or-treat night, there’s a good bet your doorbell will be ringing constantly. If your pet is the type to get excited at the doorbell, the night could be quite overwhelming. There’s also the chance that a pet could slip out of the open door when trick-or-treaters come knocking. It may be necessary to lock your pet up in a secured upstairs room to prevent escape and anxiety.

Autumn Plants

Pumpkins made into jack-o-lanterns are quite common this time of year. Don’t let your pet munch on one; although pumpkins aren’t necessarily toxic, too much of one can make a pet sick. Also keep decorate fall corn out of your pet’s reach.

Pet Costumes

Your pet sure will look adorable in that pet costume, but you’ll want to ensure your pet doesn’t get stressed out while wearing it. Not all pets like to wear clothing. Also check the costume to make sure it doesn’t have any small pieces that could be chewed off and swallowed.

Your Thorold veterinarian can offer more safety guidelines for Halloween and trick-or-treat night, so call the clinic today.

  • All
  • Uncategorized
Gray cat finger fed with sliced cucumber

Unusual Cat Eating Habits

Cats are mysterious creatures. We all know that, but did you know that their eating…
Read More
Cat with blue eyes

Eye Problems In Cats

Our feline buddies have strikingly beautiful eyes. Cats’ eyes can be many different colors, from…
Read More
Two adult huskies with doc cake

5 Things To Do For Holistic Pet Day

Holistic Pet Day is August 30th! There is a growing awareness of the benefits of…
Read More
Brown hairy dog breed and gray cat snuggling together on the floor

Caring For A Super Senior Pet

Is your pet entering—or already into—their golden years? Pets age the way many people do…
Read More
Names tags collar

Pet Names

Did you know that Max was the top male dog name of 2021? We love…
Read More
Black dog in a cage with pink ribbon on the neck

Is Fostering Pets Right For You?

May is National Foster Care Month! Many of our furry patients are former fosters, or…
Read More
Gray cat in a grassy yard with small yellow flowers

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Stressed-Out

Cats do a really good job at hiding that they’re sick or injured. The same…
Read More
Parrot with a blue back and yellow under body feathers

How to Tell If Your Bird Is Sick

Birds have a knack for hiding signs of weakness or illness, a handy skill they…
Read More

What Skills Do Veterinarians Need?

 A wise man said: “Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success“ To be…
Read More
1 2 3 21