Halloween is a time for fun and games for most families but it can pose certain threats and risks to our pets.
Pumpkins are a classic element of Halloween, and whilst they are non-toxic, they can cause stomach upsets if large amounts are eaten. If you are carving a pumpkin, make sure to move it well out of your pet’s reach and safely remove any excess.
Use electric candles to minimise the risk of signed whiskers and more serious burns. Be careful with sparklers as these can be very frightening to some pets.
Beware of your pet’s chewing glowsticks! The oily liquid found inside these tastes very bad and can cause severe drooling and foaming at the mouth.
Always check bonfires before lighting them, especially if they have been built for a while. They can form an ideal hiding place for cats and wildlife.
Trick or treat? Popular Halloween treats like sweets and chocolate are toxic to pets, so should always be kept well out of reach. If your pet does manage to eat any treats you should contact your local vet immediately.
Taking your dog trick or treating with you? Make sure that they are microchipped (it’s the law) just in case they become spooked and run away.
You can easily get your pet’s microchip checked at your local practice. Always make that all your contact details are kept up-to-date.