Fall 2010 Magazine
Pumpkins, costumes and Halloween candy are fun for people but they can hold potential dangers for the animals in your life. Here are some things to think about before your doorbell starts ringing with little trick-or-treaters.
. Ringing doorbells
. Children in costume
. Candles and Jack-o-lanterns
. Keep your animals indoors
Signs of chocolate toxicity include tremors, vomiting, nervousness, increased heart rate, diarrhea, and in severe cases seizures and death. If you suspect your animal has eaten chocolate, call your vet immediately.
It isn't just chocolate that is a candy hazard, though. Lollipops with sticks can be hazardous if ingested. The sticks may cause an obstruction in the intestines. Candy wrappers can also cause difficulty if eaten.
The safest thing to do is keep all candy away from your animals.
. Costumes on animals
Never put a costume on an animal and leave the animal unattended. The costume can get caught on obstacles or catch fire if the animal goes past a candle. If your animal gets outside with the costume on, it might get tangled in fences or caught on bushes.
Tight elastic on costumes can get lost in a pet's fur. This can be dangerous if you don't get it off the animal.
Costumes may have buttons or beads on them. These can be chewed by animals and cause difficulties in the intestinal system.
By using common sense and caution about what you allow your animals to do; you and your animals can have fun on Halloween.
Please remember if you see or suspect any acts of animal cruelty, report them to the animal shelter or authorities in your area.
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