You know that look when your pet does not get what they want, but with Halloween candy, ignoring their pleading requests is a matter of health and safety. Candy and baked goods contain many ingredients that are harmful—or deadly—for pets. Rather than endure their pitiful gaze each time you unwrap a mini candy bar, give them their own special pet-safe treats with this guide from Otay Pet Vets.
Halloween pet hazards seem to lurk around every corner, including those innocent-looking candies and baked treats that are everywhere in October. Whether you’re in the kitchen, or on the front porch waiting for nightfall, be on the lookout for these ingredients that are scary and dangerous for pets:
Halloween risk management includes knowing where your pet is at all times, and controlling access to any dangerous ingredients by:
While your pet will love being handed a treat, their enjoyment is over as soon as they swallow. Rather than a one-time gift, use treats strategically, to improve your pet’s behavior, provide healthy distraction during confinement, and reduce stress and anxiety—something desperately needed on a night dedicated to the walking dead!
Show your pet some homemade love with our favorite, frightfully good pet treat recipes:
Always supervise your pet with new toys or treats, and monitor them for digestive upset. Pumpkin puree is high in fiber, so adjust the ratio to suit your dog. And remember—treats are fine in moderation, but should not make up more than 10 percent of your pet’s daily calorie intake, so adjust their meals after giving them large treats or food toys.
For additional questions about keeping your pet safe this Halloween, contact Otay Pet Vets.