SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - It's Halloween, which means lots of candy is available, and that means danger for pets. Veterinary offices can get pretty busy after holidays like Halloween that bring a lot of people out and about and make sweet treats easily accessible.
Fur babies and Halloween sometimes don't mix, but there are things that pet owners and homeowners can do to be responsible and safe while still having fun.
First, experts say animals should be put up in a safe place, away from possible Halloween pranksters.
"Unfortunately, there's a lot of mischievous people or pranksters, or even people who don't have a heart for animals, so you really need to keep them protected," said Dr. Ann Ladner, with Saucier Veterinary Hospital.
Ladner said one of the biggest culprits for sick animals is candy.
"A lot of times, people don't realize how just a little bit of candy can disrupt the intestines in an animal," said Ladner. "So, you have so many different variables between chocolate and wrappers and plastic and tin foil and, of course, all of the sugars that are in there, too."
Ladner said if your animal does get into candy and become sick, it's best to call an emergency animal hospital. She said there are also over the counter remedies that could help in a pinch, like Pepto-Bismol in a small dose depending on the weight of your animal.