STATEWIDE – We’re just a few days away from Halloween, so we have some tips on how to keep pets safe.
“Most dogs are not going to enjoy walking around the neighborhood, going up to houses trick or treating,” said Don Hanson, co-owner and director of behavior and training at Green Acre Kennel in Bangor.
Halloween is typically a time when many enjoy dressing up as someone else, but experts said those same costumes that can scare people can also scare pets.
“The animal just doesn’t have the ability to figure out that’s a person, this is Halloween. This is all normal,” said David Cloutier, a veterinarian with Veazie Veterinary Clinic.
Hanson said pets are much safer put in a room away from the traffic of trick-or-treaters or party-goers.
“Lots of pets escape from the house, run off frightened on Halloween evening,” said Hanson.
Cloutier said to make sure candy is kept out of a pet’s reach because not just chocolate, but some ingredients in other candy can be toxic for animals.
“They release a lot of insulin, and their blood sugar plummets,” said Cloutier.
And if wrappers go down with the candy, that can be a problem as well.
“Sometimes it gets stuck,” said Cloutier.
Cloutier also says raisins and grapes are another item to keep out of the reach of pets.
“I know, no one really gives away grapes at Halloween, however boxes of raisins sometimes. Raisins can be really toxic to dogs as well”
If you want to enjoy this holiday, and not worry about the possibility of a hefty vet bill or your fur baby running away, take the expert’s advice.
“Keeping them at home, in a place they’re going to be safe and comfortable,” said Hanson.