Safety Concerns For Pets On Halloween

Rob Hart
October 29, 2018 - 9:48 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Halloween is fun for people, but it can be downright hazardous for dogs and cats.

Veterinarians say Halloween is the second busiest time of the year, behind Thanksgiving, due to pets who get into the candy bowl. Chocolate and other substances in Halloween candy can cause stomach problems for dogs and cats.

Dr. David Gonsky of West Loop Veterinary Care in Chicago said if the candy is out and accessible, your pet will try to get into it.

“Cats and dogs will get into anything they can. So we want to be careful of our candies, even sugar-free candies can be a problem,” he said.

Costumes can be a great source of anxiety for dogs and cats, Dr. Gonsky added. He said trick or treating can be stressful for pets, because of the noise of doorbells and unfamiliar people wearing masks.

“If you were a dog or cat that would be terrifying, so you really want to keep your pets away from the door, when you are opening it for trick-or-treaters, because they can be scared and make a run for it,” he said.