The candy is bought, the pumpkins are carved, and the costumes are on but what about your pet? There are some precautions to take to make sure your pets are safe and not
stressed during this holiday.
6 Halloween Safety Tips
- No treats! The candy in the bowl by the door needs to stay out of reach from your dog. Keep the wrappers away from your cat too. Sugar and chocolate are toxic for your pets.
- Lights and wires should be tucked away and out of reach of your pets. Like other holidays, if you hang lights or lanterns be careful of the wires. Cats may get tangled in them and dogs might chew on them. Rabbits also tend to chew on wires. Do your best to make sure these are out of reach of your pet.
- A carved pumpkin is a traditional festive thing to have on your front porch. If you add a candle to it, take extra care to keep your pets away. Your pet might knock over the pumpkin and the candle could fall out or hot wax could splash them.
- If you dress up your pet, do a test run to see if your cat or dog is ok with the costume. Some pets may stress out and panic and fight to get the costume off while others won’t care. If your pet is not ok with dressing up, don’t force it, let them stay home and maybe just buy a decorative halloween leash or cat toy.
- During the peak trick or treat times, dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. Also, your pet might be too friendly and go scooting out the front door to say hi and not every person who will stop by your house may be ok with pets.
- Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver.
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