For many of us, Halloween is a night we look forward to all year. With the costumes, the candy and the spooky amounts of fun, it’s a tradition that is enjoyed by pet parents and their furry friends.
While celebrating Halloween with your dog or cat can be exciting (and, the perfect photo opportunity) you’ll need to ensure that you keep your pet safe during all of the festivities.
Here are 5 reminders and tips on how you can keep your pet safe this Halloween season.
Let’s dig in!
5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Stash The Candy Away
Halloween is the night for indulging and while you may want to give your pet something special, it’s important to only stick to dog or cat friendly treats.
Certain candies can be toxic to your pet, such as any form of chocolate. And, others can cause extreme discomfort, stomach upset and may require an emergency veterinarian visit.
Hide the candy and keep it out of reach from your pets. This is especially important to remember if you have children who may leave their candy on the floor after trick or treating.
If you think your pet has ingested something toxic, you can call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Keep Your Pet Away From The Door
Trick or treaters arriving at your door can be both exciting and stressful for your pet.
If your pet is used to barking at potential intruders, they may go into protection mode at the first sight of any kids in costumes. The level of visitors on Halloween night can easily cause unnecessary stress and upset to your pet.
While you may want your pet to be a part of the festivities, it’s best to keep them away from the door during this time. An open door can easily turn into a situation where your pet may run out into the neighborhood.
To keep both your pet and the trick or treaters feeling safe, place your furry friend in a different room when visitors come to the house.
Don’t Cause Distress With a Costume
We know that many pet parents are excited to dress up their pet for Halloween. With the abundance of adorable costumes, how could you not want to get your pet in the spirit?
While dressing up can be fun, it’s important to make sure that your pet is comfortable wearing a costume.
Unfortunately, costumes can ignite stress for some pets and may cause them to panic. Remember, if you’re going to dress up your pet, their costume should be comfortable, breathable and be easy for them to wear.
If at any point your pet appears to be uncomfortable, remove their costume immediately.
Be Mindful of Decorations
A rule that should be followed all year long, is to be mindful of the decorations in your house and their proximity to your pet.
If you’re going to go all out with the fall decorations, be mindful of how easily accessible they are to your dog or cat. This includes open flames such as candles, potential toxins such as pumpkins and wires that can cause entanglements.
In order to avoid injury or damage, keep decorations off the floor and out of the areas most frequented by your pet.
Keep Track of Your Pet
Finally, if you decide to take your pet out with your family to go trick or treating, you need to keep track of their whereabouts.
Keep them on their leash when walking and try to avoid large crowds that may ensue panic or upset. Additionally, while many kids may want to pet your dog - be mindful of how your pet reacts to strangers.
Lastly, make sure they are always set up with proper identification on their collar or with a microchip in the possible event that they get loose or lost.
Halloween is a holiday full of tricks and treats for both you and your furry friend. In order to keep the festivities fun, practice these 5 pet safety tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween season.
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