MSPCA reminds pet owners of the potential dangers related to Halloween

MSPCA reminds pet owners of the potential dangers related to Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be scary, but it’s also fun, so in order to keep the holiday worry-free, MSPCA wants to remind pet owners of the potential dangers that may come with the holiday and things to keep in mind while celebrating.

While for humans, the “niceest” part about Halloween is the copious amounts of candy, for pets, that’s actually their biggest threat, according to Dr. Suzanne Opel at MSPCA’s Angel Animal Medical Center.

“Chocolate and other sweets can be harmful to a pet’s stomach,” Opel said in a statement. “Pets deserve to enjoy the holiday with us, but instead of sharing candy or other treats, consider getting gifts made just for pets. And make sure you store treats where pets, especially dogs, can’t reach.”

Opel said that if a pet consumes Halloween candy to contact your veterinarian or poison control.

According to Obel, “Depending on what and how much your pet eats, they may recommend monitoring at home, but it could be more dangerous because many treats, like chocolate, are toxic to dogs.” “So, it is important to act quickly.”

The doctor also noted that while Halloween candy presents the most obvious danger, it’s not the only one pet owners should consider.

“Most pet parents know that some holidays, like the Fourth of July, can be stressful or dangerous for pets, but many don’t know that precautions should also be taken around Halloween,” she said, noting the possibility that pets might sneak out of the house. Especially since the doors are constantly opening and closing constantly for trick-or-treaters.

O’Bell recommended pet owners consider using a baby gate to separate pets from doorways or isolate them in a safe area of ​​the home from which they will not be able to escape.

MSPCA added that too much holiday activity and excitement can be “stressful and confusing” for animals, which can cause them to run away. The group added that if dogs are taken outside on vacation, they should be kept on leash.

Other tips from O’Bell included that if you choose to dress your pet in a costume this Halloween to make sure it doesn’t obstruct their vision, it’s not too tight so it doesn’t restrict breathing or range of motion and to make sure the costume isn’t able to get tangled in furniture or objects other household.

For some pets kept outdoors, such as rabbits and chickens, O’Bell recommends leaving an outdoor light lit to illuminate the pet’s area or enclosure and to check on them regularly throughout the evening.

Opel also said that it can be scary for pets to encounter humans in costumes. She recommended owners help their pets “get familiar with the new look before putting it on,” such as putting on a costume before Halloween and giving animals like dogs and cats the chance to see and smell them.

The MSPCA also recommends allowing pets access to “preferred indoor hiding areas” if they are frightened by a family member or guest in a costume.

She added that different neighborhoods and towns don’t always celebrate Halloween on the evening of October 31. Find out when your town or city celebrates Halloween in Massachusetts over here.

MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center treats more than 100,000 animals annually and is said to be one of the busiest emergency and veterinary specialty hospitals in the world.

In the event of an emergency, medical center services can be reached at any hour of the day at 617-522-7282 and pet owners can find more information about staff and services at MSPCA Website.

MSPCA is always looking for good homes for rescued pets. Those who don’t have pets but are looking for one can roam MSPCA’s website What could be the next addition to their home.

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