Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a favorite holiday for many people, but to our furry friends, it can pose dangers.
Store those sweet treats out of harm’s way. Many types of candy are toxic to our pets. Chocolate is extremely dangerous (especially baking and dark chocolate). Another offender is the artificial sweetener xylitol, which can be found in many sugar-free candies. If you suspect your pet has ingested any toxins, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Candle-lit jack-o-lanterns should also be kept out of reach, as pets can easily burn themselves or start a fire.
Trick-or-treating also can be stressful for pets. There is a lot of commotion at the door, as well as many chances for them to slip out. It’s best to keep your pet inside in a quiet, enclosed area. Distract them by turning on the TV or music, and leaving pet treats for them to enjoy while you tend to the monsters, witches and superheroes of the neighborhood.
Make sure they are wearing a current ID tag in case they are able to make a break for it when the door is open. If your pet is microchipped, make sure that it is up-to-date, with your current contact information. If your pet is not yet microchipped, we offer that service at MCHS. Please call us at 240-252-2555 for more information.
Looking for a dog-friendly Halloween activity? MCHS is throwing a Howl-O-Ween party on Wednesday, October 30, at The Silver Diner (Rio) in Gaithersburg from 4–7 p.m. Dog costumes are encouraged! This fun, FREE event features a costume contest, pup costume parade, prizes, professional photographs, and more. Also enjoy happy hour food and drink specials and giveaways from Silver Diner.
Check out our events page for more details. We can’t wait to see all the dogs’ most creative costumes! We hope you and your pets have a safe and fun Halloween!