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Halloween.. BAH HUMBUG For your Pet!

Halloween is a big deal in my neighborhood and is a great family fun event for most of us. Mocha doesn't like it one bit! Halloween can be a real nightmare for her. Just imagine trick-or-treating from a pet's point of view. It's an absolute nightmare of doorbells that never stop ringing, loud scary noises in the night and a constant stream of annoying strangers coming into your home.

Halloween can be a blast but it also can be very stressful and dangerous for some pets. Our job as good pet parents to be aware of the dangers and to keep our pets safe.

Bad things happen to good pets on Halloween. Pets are often teased, tortured, terrorized and even killed at this time of year. Veterinary clinics also see a big rise in pet accidents and injuries on Halloween. The most common problems are poisoning, ingestion of foreign bodies, trauma from car accidents and bite wounds. It is always fun to see people with their pets dressed up and going door to door with the kids. We all know what to do to keep our children safe during the Halloween festivities but what about your pet? Click the links at the end of the story for more tips to keep your pet safe. The AVMA has listed 7 things to Make Halloween Safer for your pet.

  • Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  • If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  • If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  • Keep your pet inside.

Also remember Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Decorations can kill! Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

American Veterinary Medical Association
ASPCA Haloween Safety

Spotlight Dane


Aphrodite is a sweet loving pup looking for her FURever home. She was born funcionally deaf and blind. But that does not stop this sweet love bug. Aphrodite is a typical puppy in so many ways, she loves to play, take walks, ride in the car and nap! She uses the doggy door and follows the dane of the house. On warm days Aphrodite loves to play in her baby pool and spash in the water..... she also like puddles, especially the ones with mud.. but what puppy doesn't?

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UPDATE ADOPTED!!!!!! When Latte came to rescue we were not even sure what color she was! But look at her now! This girl has the heart of a love pup! She is very smart and knows several commands including sit, down and shake. Latte is willing to please and is so happy to be feeling great that her excitement for life so she would do best in a home with dane savy kids or big kids. She loves to play with her lab foster brother and take walks with her foster parents. Latte would love an active family who will keep up her training!