Halloween Safety Tips

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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10 Tips to Keep Pets Safe at Halloween

Decorations and costumes are out in the stores along with aisles and aisles of mini sized candy for Halloween. If you participate in the spooky holiday make sure your four-legged friends are kept safe from treats and tricks.

10 Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Halloween

  1. No treats – chocolate and candy that has sugar and artificial sweeteners and dyes are not good for pets.
  2. Keep the pumpkins and decorations out of reach – ingesting or chewing on your jack-o-lantern can cause an upset belly.
  3. If you string up lights, keep them high and out of the way – your cat doesn’t need to get tangled in them and your dog doesn’t need an electric jolt, he’s not Frankenstein.
  4. If you light up your pumpkin with a candle keep it somewhere safe – a curious cat could get a burn and a clumsy dog could knock it over and start a fire.
  5. Keep your pets inside as the holiday approaches and the night of Halloween – some animals have been hurt by deviant people and black cats seem to be susceptible to being harmed.
  6. When opening the door to greet a group of trick-or-treaters keep your pets in another room – scared pets may dart outside or become overly stressed with the commotion.
  7. Keep ID on your pets – if your pet escapes, a tag and microchip are your best bet to getting them back home safely and quickly.
  8. Costumes for your pets can be fun for you but not always them – if your dog or cat does not like having articles of clothing placed on them, it can cause major stress. They might chew, tear, or swallow pieces of it as they try to get off their bodies.
  9. Elvis has left the building, but what about the sequins? Check that there aren’t any dangling pieces or small plastic pieces that your dog or your friend’s dog could swallow if you do dress up your pet.
  10. If you take your pet to a halloween party at your local dog park or meetup group a halloween bandana might be the best costume – dogs can play rough and a costume could get torn and tangled around your buddy. Other dogs might not know how to react to your dog if she’s all dressed up and react with fear or aggression.

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