The characters in the Disney™ movie Spooky Buddies are reminders of how human-like we think and often treat our pets. The “buddies” are cute, cuddly and out to save the world, again. The perfectly groomed pooches are decked out in their Halloween best as many pet owners will emulate in the coming weeks. Like every holiday we celebrate there are dangers that can be avoided with planning and preparation.
What a great time with the changing seasons to keep pets inside. October can be a particularly dangerous month for all cats but especially black ones. Talk of torture and ritual sacrifice is more fiction than fact with few statistics supporting the theory. Local animal experts say keeping your cats indoors is not only a good idea, it is a safe one.
Sugary treats, especially chocolate are bad for pets. Foil candy wrappings are like razors to pets and can do extreme internal damage.
Consider drawing or painting faces on pumpkins as an alternative to carving. Keep in mind, dogs are attracted to flickering lights. Lighted candles in jack-o-lanterns can be dangerous to pets if candles are left unattended.
Dogs are not good trick-or-treat companions. In fact, all the costumes, excitement, noise and unpredictability of the night can be stressers for your dog. The best and safest place to keep your best friend is home in a secure place away from all the activity.
Bring on the turkey, stuffing and mom’s pumpkin pie! Make sure the menu is only for humans. All the cooking, company and eating is not a good mix for your pet. The rich foods and seasonings can wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Bones, especially poultry, are bad news. They can splinter and cause serious damage even death.
A home filled with visitors, especially strangers can make pets anxious and uneasy. Try to keep them to their normal routine — regular food, plenty of water, daily walks and plenty of TLC.
Start a new tree-trimming tradition this year. Replace the metal ornament hooks with tightly knotted and secured yarn, twine or fabric loops. Avoid tinsel altogether. Cats and dogs love the shiny strands. Tinsel has been known to cause choking and internal obstructions if ingested. Try handmade cloth, wooden or plastic ornaments instead of breakable ones.
Don’t forget the list of holiday plants and their berries to keep out of reach of pets:
- Christmas Cherry (also known as Jerusalem Cherry)