5 Easy Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween
29 October, 2013

With Halloween approaching, most parents think about how to make this a safe holiday for our kids and young children.  At the same time, we need to be mindful that Halloween can also be a scary and/or stressful time for our pets.  Below are some basic reminders to help make our Halloween safe for our beloved pet children.

1.  Watch the candy

Most dog owners know how dangerous candy and chocolate can be for our pets.  And you know what happens when you turn around and there goes your cat or dog, scouring from the bowl. Any candy in general is hard on your dog’s digestion, particularly candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.

2. Pumpkins are cute but not ideal for our pets.

Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce an upset stomach in dogs or cats that nibble on them.  A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do be careful if you decide to put a candle inside the pumpkin. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

 

3.  We all love Halloween Costumes for our pets but make sure they are comfy

If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict or inhibit your dog or cat’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your dog or cat seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go as his cute self.  If your dog or cat is used to being dressed, that’s great.  Just make sure they are OK with the costume.

Take a closer look at your dog or cat’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he or she could easily choke on. Also, if the outfits don’t fit correctly, they can get twisted on outside or even inside objects and could hurt your pet.

4. Some of our cats and dogs get scared at Halloween

If your dogs or cats are the least bit frightened of people and sounds, it would be best to keep them in your bedroom or a different room for the night.  All the sounds and costumes can scare your dogs or cats.  And, we certainly don’t want them running out the door.

With all the activity going on, your dog might even bark or lunge at the strangers at the door.  Would you blame them when they see screaming kids strange costumes?!?  Better be safe and keep them in a different room where you don’t have to worry about them.

5.  Watch that your dogs or cats don’t nibble at electric cords.

Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your dog or cat might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.  Make sure that wires are either wrapped in a tube that can’t be eaten or chewed by your pets or easily hidden.

Halloween is a fun time for all of us, but as always, safety comes first for our kids and our pets!

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