ALERT: HALLOWEEN IS APPROACHING!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and some animals Love it, but Costumed kids and constantly ringing door bells are terrifying and/or extremely upsetting. So although Halloween can be a lot of fun for US ... it can be anxiety-producing, dangerous, and sometimes fatal for our animal companions. Keep YOUR pets SAFE this Halloween!!! Be aware of the following hazards. 1. Trick-or-treat candy and wrappers The treats themselves especially those either dropped on the sidewalks, lawns and streets or those brought home and unattended by excited kids (of any age) can be dangerous. Be especially aware the first few days AFTER Halloween when you walk your dog!!! Candy and its ingredients can be deadly for your pet. Particular offenders are chocolate and xylitol. A pet poisoned with chocolate especially baking or dark chocolate may exhibit vomiting, increased heart rate, diarrhea, rapid breathing, and seizures. A pet poisoned with xylitol which is an artificial sweetener common in candy and chewing gum, can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, loss of coordination, and seizures. Wrappers often get consumed along with the candy. Foil and cellophane wrappers can cause life-threatening bowel obstructions and to save lives, often, surgical removal. Look for vomiting, decreased appetite, not defecating, straining to defecate, or lethargy. Often X-rays are needed to diagnose this problem. Unless the animal confesses. 2. Secure your pets on Halloween. Every year I receive emails of dogs and cats that have been teased, injured, stolen, and killed on Halloween night. Every year I also speak with dogs who have been traumatized by the constant doorbell ringing and pounding at the door as well as strangers dressed in unusual costumes and yelling for their candy. Put your animals especially your dogs but honestly also your cats, in secure rooms away from the front door. Put music on in whatever rooms they are in, to help diminish the noises at your front door. 3. Keep your OUTDOOR cats INSIDE, ESPECIALLY if they are BLACK!!!Most conscious shelters will not adopt out black cats during the month of October. 4. Proper identification :Anxious pets want OUT and AWAY and will run or bolt through open doors, windows, and even screens. Have the proper ID on your pet AND make sure it is up-to-date. This text was stolen from Dr. Liz Severino. google Elizabeth Severino, she's fantastic!
The founder of Bee Holistic, Cynthia Burke, has been caring for cats most of her life, volunteering with such groups as the wonderful Animal Balance, and Fix Our Ferals. In 2011 Bee Holistic Cat Rescue and Care became a registered non-profit.