7 Safety Tips for Your Pets This Halloween
20 October, 2017
safety tips for pets on halloween

Halloween can be a very fun and festive night for everyone.   Most parents think about how to make this a safe holiday for our kids and young children.  Similarly, we need to be mindful that Halloween can also be a scary and stressful time for our pets.

Below are 7 safety tips to keep in mind this Halloween:

1. Keep your dogs and cats away from the door and in a separate room

Keep your dogs and cats confined in another room and away from the door. Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. Dogs may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters, scaring everyone.

2. Make sure your pets have proper identification tags on Halloween

Make sure that your dog or cats have their proper identification which is especially important on Halloween. If for any reason your pet escapes, a collar, tag and/or microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

3. Watch the chocolate and candy

We 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 or cats’ digestion, particularly candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.

4. Halloween decorations and fire hazards

If you like to decorate your home for Halloween, 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.

5. Choose a safe, manageable 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.  Watch your pet if he or she is dressed up as small parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and dangerous for your beloved pet.

6. Noises can make out pets skittish

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.

7. It is safest to keep your pets indoors

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. If you do go outdoors, make sure that you keep an eye on your dog all night long.

If you take precautions, you and your pets can enjoy Halloween!

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