Halloween Danger For Pets Informative - Protect Your Pets - From petplace.com

Review by Skye on 2010-10-13
Halloween can be a real nightmare for pets. Just imagine trick-or-treating from a pet's point of view. It's an absolute nightmare of doorbells that never stop ringing, loud scary noises in the night and a constant stream of annoying strangers coming into your home.

Halloween can be very stressful and dangerous for pets. And it's our job as good pet parents to be aware of the dangers and to keep our pets safe.

Bad things happen to good pets on Halloween. Pets are often teased, tortured, terrorized and even killed at this time of year.

And it's our job as good pet parents to be aware of the dangers and to keep our pets safe. Sadly, each year pets are terrorized and even killed by trick-or-treaters. Veterinary clinics also see a big rise in pet accidents and injuries on Halloween. The most common problems are poisoning, ingestion of foreign bodies, trauma from car accidents and bite wounds. Here are some good tips to keep in mind this Halloween:

1. Hide the candy. Keep all candy (and wrappers) out of your dog's reach. Candy is not good for dogs - especially chocolate. Problems can range from diarrhea and upset stomach to toxicity and even death.

2. Keep your dog on a leash. Don't leave your dog tied up outside. Keep him inside where it is safe. If you take your dog trick-or-treating, keep him on a short leash and hold it tightly to help keep him from fighting with other animals or biting strangers. Frequently scan the ground for dropped candy that your dog might eat.

3. Make a safe spot for your pet. During trick-or-treating, keep your dog indoors in a separate room that is as far from the front door as possible. This will prevent him from getting spooked by trick-or-treaters and running outside. Give your dog plenty of fresh water, a familiar blanket, and something to take his mind off all the commotion going on in other areas of the house.
Comments:36 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-10-14
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-10-13:
And please don't make your pet wear a costume!.. unless they want to.

This is the one time of year I'm glad I don't have a dog.

All great tips and warnings, Skye.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-13:
Thanks for posting, Skye! Good reminder for everyone that has pets.
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-10-13:
My little dog goes berserk even now when the door bell rings. The last two Halloweens I just didn't participate. It sounds terrible and is totally unlike me because I always enjoyed children coming by for their treats that night. She still barks with any commotion outside but I don't have to worry about some child being frightened at seeing a strange dog and reassuring the parents the dog wouldn't bite.

I did learn a long time ago chocolate was especially bad for a dog. Nice reminder for all dog owners Skye.
Posted by leet60 on 2010-10-13:
Great post Skye with great info. Thanks. Just an aside - candy is bad for me too as my belly attests : )
Posted by Freddy2Times on 2010-10-13:
Nice post!
Additionally, don't dress pets up in "intended for human" child costumes.
They may eat parts of them and get sick, or become caught on household objects.
Posted by Alain on 2010-10-14:
Thanks for the good informative post, Skye. We always kept our dog, Shayna, inside for Halloween since the costumes scared her. Spice, being an indoor cat, safely watches the event from the front window.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
My dogs aren't allowed outside, ever, without me being there. Most of the hillbillys in my neighborhood wouldn't know what the word supervision meant, let alone how to read it. I see dogs running around in the street all the time, and don't even get me started on the cats. If someone doesn't care enough to keep their animal safe, then I don't feel sorry for them if someone hurts them on Halloween. It's as simple as that. Call me cold, but at least I know how to take care of my animals.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
YT, that's kind of harsh, unless you mean you don't care if someone hurts the pet owner. If you mean you don't care if the animal gets hurt, that makes me sad, because it's not the animals fault they have a crappy owner who does not do right by them. Pets cannot choose their owners. NO animals ever should be or deserves to be hurt. Sometimes animals get out, and it happens, do you think those pets deserve to be tortured and killed, just because their owners could not catch them in time? Or some homeless or abandoned animals deserves what it gets, all because some HUMAN did not care enough or about them?

It'great you you take care of your animals, so do millions of us, because that's what a responsible pet owner does, but to say you dont feel sorry for an animal if it gets hurt on Halloween is really a cruel statement.

Oh by the way, you say your animals are never outside without you, remember, NEVER say NEVER.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
I care about the animal, I feel bad, but I'm saying the owner has no right to feel sad, I don't feel sorry for the OWNER. It's their fault it happened to the animal because they neglected to care for it properly. HUGE difference between the animal getting out, and the people on my street who let their dogs roam.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
Doesn't sound like you care:

I don't feel sorry for them if someone hurts them on Halloween. It's as simple as that. Call me cold, but at least I know how to take care of my animals.

I'm not looking to argue with you, I just found that statement from an animal lover, such as yourself, to be hard.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
OMG Skye learn to read. I DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THE OWNER. I feel bad as hell if the animal is suffering because it didn't have a choice. The owner is the dingbat who deserves to be hurt.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
My informative review was just that, information to share about taking care of our pets on Halloween, because sometimes people don't think about these horrible bad things possibly happening to their pets, because they love them so much. It was just a safety precaution, and I wanted to share it with everyone.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
I know that YT, read what I wrote. I was being sarcastic.

Are you ever able to respond to people without being rude?

Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
And they are good tips, but I know for a fact that the people on my street would care less because they are heartless hillbillys. The dogs are always out roaming the streets. Should I feel bad for the owner if the dog gets hit by a car? I say no because it was 100% their fault for choosing to let their dog roam like a cat. Should I feel bad for the dog? Yes because it wasn't the dogs fault that the owner didn't care enough to keep it safe.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
How was I supposed to tell you were being sarcastic? Sure didn't look sarcastic to me, it looked like an attack because you didn't believe me. Might as well play that card too. I wasn't being rude, I was being sarcastic.
Posted by T on 2010-10-14:
"If someone doesn't care enough to keep their animal safe, then I don't feel sorry for them if someone hurts them on Halloween."

I believe the problem with this statement is that the post pertains to the welfare of the pet, not that of the owner. How the owner feels really isn't pertinent. Maybe the owner had too much candy, and has an upset stomach. The objective is to look out for 4-legged friends who weren't bestowed with the brains to keep themselves out of trouble.

Our family dog had half a pan of pot brownies back in the 70's, thanks to my brothers. Talk about double trouble. She wasn't right for days.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
An attack? Come on now, I was hoping you meant that you didn't care if the pet owner, was hurt, but you meant you don't care if the animal is hurt, because the owner is not being responsible. Not caring that an innocent animal could be hurt, tortured and or killed was the sad to me.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
"but you meant you don't care if the animal is hurt"

Um not what I meant at all. I guess I need to type better s you all understand me the first time. Bottom line: Animal doesn't deserve to be hurt, I feel sad if an animal is hurt, I do not feel sad if the owner is sad because they should have tried harder. If an animal gets out by mistake and the owner tries, I feel bad for the owner. If the owner is a stupid hillbilly like those on my street and let their dogs roam day and night because they obviously don't care, I don't feel sad for them (the owner) Understand? Geebus.

It's almost like if it were anyone else you would have understood it as originally intended, but since it's YT oh let's paint her like she doesn't care. I know I have a cold rep, but it's towards people not animals.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
I don't feel sad for irresponsible pet owners, because they could care less, and to them, a pet is disposable. No real connection to their pets. I just wanted people to be aware of certain dangers on Halloween. Hopefully some of the above tips will help someone out there.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
I don't know you feel this way. I've never ever been rude to you, nor have I ever had an issue with you, and if you have any issues with me, it's news to me.

You said:

It's almost like if it were anyone else you would have understood it as originally intended, but since it's YT oh let's paint her like she doesn't care. I know I have a cold rep, but it's towards people not animals

I know what you said, and all I was asking is why did you feel this way towards the animals, and you get all snarky and tell me to learn how to read. And news flash, being cold and rude to people is not cool. But to each his own.
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-10-14:
Let's not fight among ourselves. I am a responsible pet owner who went to the expense of a pet door and a large privacy fence in my backyard to keep my two pets comfortable and somewhat contained at the same time. A cat will climb a fence and a worker at your home might leave a gate not fully closed and your dog gets loose. It happens and is very sad if something happens to that pet. The owner has done all he can.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
As usual, the voice of reason. You're right NH. I don't want to fight with anyone. All I was doing was trying to share a few tips about Halloween I found. I don't want to have any hard feelings becasue things apparently were taken of context on both sides. I also mentioned I understand how sometimes an owner does lose control over a pet, regardless of how hard they try to do everything right. Nobody is perfect and pets, no matter how well trained our pets are, they are animals and can be unpredictable. How many animals can resist the thrill of the squirrel chase? Not many, because it's their instinct to chase and catch, you know, the thrill of the hunt!
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
As I already said, HUGE difference between an accident where the pet gets out, and people who willingly let their animals roam. Also Skye, I don't hate you. I just felt attacked because you interpreted me wrong, which I felt was because everyone thinks I'm a hateful person. We already cleared it up, I don't hate animals. I hate the people who don 't care about them, just like you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
Nohandle, good points. We had a friend once with a lab. It kept getting out and no one could figure out how. One day they saw the dog literally climb the fence! Hard to contain a dog like that. I had another friend whose dog would walk up on a big tree branch and jump over the fence. I was lucky enough to see both of these instances, or I wouldn't have believed it! So, I guess you can do everything in your power to contain your pet, but if they're clever, they can and will find a way to get out of the yard.

Thanks for the post Skye. It will most undoubtedly help someone.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-10-14:
I hesitate to get in the middle of this, but I will anyway because I like both of you.

Yt, I don't think you are a hateful person. You are just blunt. Sometimes it bothers me but certainly not enough for me to think you are a bad person. I interpreted your original comment to mean that you were specifically talking about the people in your neighborhood, and that they deserved what they got. The confusion came from this...

"If someone doesn't care enough to keep their animal safe, then I don't feel sorry for them if someone hurts them on Halloween."

But then you came back and cleared it up. I don't think you do not care if animals get hurt.

At the risk of getting on a soapbox, I think everyone here has a unique personality, and 99.9% of the time I am just fine with that, especially after I've gotten to know someone and become familiar with their commenting style. I certainly don't agree with everything I read here and am even annoyed by some comments, but I'm sure I am just as annoying at times. For the most part, I just ignore what bothers me. If I do speak up, it is because something is very important to me. That's probably why Skye responded.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
That's how one of my neighbors dogs are. They have 4 large ones, 2 of which are allowed to be free in the yard, one who is almost never outside, and one who needs to be chained in the middle of the yard or it will try to hop the fence (MY fence, they don't even have a fence). Now that dog is gone because I never see it outside (I have no idea what happened to it). I feel that if that is the case, then why would they choose to leave the dog outside at all? If you don't have the house for a big dog, then why should the dog suffer staked in the yard?

Venice, great points as always. My original quote should have been read as you initially interpreted: "If someone doesn't care enough to keep their animal safe, then I don't feel sorry for them(the owner) if someone hurts them(the animal) on Halloween. Was I even using proper grammar?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
YT, I hate to see dogs chained up. I think it makes some very aggresive too. My friends both kept their dogs in the house after they discovered their "climbing" abilities. People just need to be more responsible--or don't have a pet. Those are the only choices.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
Same goes with kids lol. I mean can someone explain to me why they would have 2 large dogs if they keep them outside all day? I love my dogs, and I love having them around me. My little baby pup is annoying as all hell sometimes and she isn't fixed yet so she marks my couch from time to time, but I manage, and I'd never leave her in the yard by herself because I don't feel like watching her. I mean the dogs next door don't even play in the yard (it's not big). They spend all day laying by the door to go inside, and barking at my dogs when I take them out. So that's my perspective, I just don't GET people sometimes, so I interpret them as being lazy and bad owners.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-10-14:
I'm not sure if I've ever told the story of my neighbor's dog here. It's heartbreaking. They have since moved but I'm convinced the dog is buried in the backyard. Some people just want to be pet owners in name only and that's when the animals suffer. My neighbor's dog broke my heart. I would have taken him myself but he was a handful and I know nothing about owning a dog. Another neighbor did offer to take him, but the owners refused to give him away. Just sad all around.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
YT, I think your interpretation is correct, (lazy and bad owners)except you left out cruel. For some reason, if I see a dog when I'm out walking at home, they always follow me home. Then I'm obligated to give them water, of course, and figure out where they live. Since it's a small town, I can usually track them down, unless they have a tag on their collar, which makes it much easier. I could never ignore them :) I must be a dog magnet!

Now that I think of it. Everyone needs to put a name/phone tag on the collar so if your dog does get out, you can be located. Microchips are nice too, but that would involve transporting a lost dog to a vet I think.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
Awwww it follows you home? That would break my heart. The dogs that roam around here will come to me a little bit, then walk away, like they don't like getting too close to people. They all have collars with tags which baffles me. It's like they think because it's got a tag it's ok to let it roam. I've got a good mind to call the dog catcher since we have a leash law. Not to punish the owners as much as to get the dog out of the street. Mine are all micro chipped. We figure ours are so cute and tame that whoever finds them (god forbid, if they somehow got out) would just be selfish and keep them.

On a different note, I did have someones obvious pet goose follow me home once. The goose came up to a group of kids I was playing with and then followed me home. It slept on my front steps and took food from my hand. It couldn't really fly either. I still wonder what was up with it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
We have one golden retriever up the street that always visits us. As soon as we open the door, he comes flying in. He reminds us of our own GR that we had for 14 years, so we have a spot spot for him. When I get back home full-time, we will get two shelter dogs. I do have two grand-dogs that keep me entertained though :)
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
LOL grand-dogs, I love people who use that phrase. My mom goes as far as calling them her grand babies since I don't have any real ones yet. Whenever she visits it's always to see the dogs.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
I have one grandbaby, but the dogs outnumber the baby! They all get along well too, lol. The doxie loves to play with the baby, probably because he feels like it's low to the ground like him, lol. It's cute to watch them, especially now that the baby crawls.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-10-14:
Awww! I can't wait to see how mine react to a child.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
Since my son's dog was their baby before the baby, we worried a little. But, the dog (doxiepoo) took right to the baby from day one and actually would lay down next to it when they put it on their bed. So cute! Now that the baby is crawling though, she runs from it!

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