Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween
29 October, 2012
Halloween can be a fun time for your kids and your pets. Most adults love it. However, just as Halloween can be dangerous for children, it is important to keep some safety tips in mind for your pets. Below are some ways to keep you and your pet happy and safe on Halloween.
Halloween Decorations and Fire Hazards
If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you’re putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations or candles can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking electrical shock and even burns and a household fire.
Choose a Safe Pet Costume
If you choose to dress up your pet, try an easy-to-wear- costume, the simpler, the better for your dog or cat. Pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, belts and sashes. This can lead to bodily injury or even pinch at your pets’ neck.
Try not to leave your pet unattended while he or she is wearing a costume. Small parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and dangerous for your beloved pet.
Noise Affects Pets
Dogs and cats can become skittish and anxious when there is a lot of noise. And, of course, on Halloween, there is the constant ringing of the doorbell, squeals and chatter of kids just outside the door that can leave your pet scared. Further, the arrival of strangers dressed in unfamiliar and scary costumes can alarm some pets, increasing their anxiety.
Take extra precaution on Halloween by gauging your pets’ reaction. If they seem upset, you should consider leaving your dog or cat in a back room of the house or apartment for the night.
Candy and Chocolate Are Toxic
Candy and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats, and on Halloween there is an increased chance that your beloved pet may consume treats that aren’t good for them. Just make sure that all candies are out of your pet’s reach. Keep an eye on your pets to make sure they haven’t ingested any chocolate and/or something dangerous like a lollipop.
Watch your dog or cat so they don’t run away
Take caution and keep your pets indoors with you, or escort them outside on a leash if you plan on including your pet in neighborhood festivities. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can also spook your pet causing them to run away. As always, it’s a good idea to makes sure that your pet wears a collar and identification tags in case you become separated.
If you take precautions, you and your pet can enjoy Halloween and the adorable pictures that go with it!