Halloween can be a really fun time of year. Even for you and your pets, if they are one of those pets who don’t mind getting dressed up. If you are lucky enough to have one of those pets that tolerates the costumes, photo ops are countless. However, there are some Halloween pet safety tips you may want to take note of.
- No tricks, No treats. That bowl of candy is for trick or treaters, not four legged friends. Dogs can be sneaky, especially puppies so being diligent in where candy is kept will be important. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. The artificial sweetener Xylitol can also cause is poisonous to dogs and found in many candies.
If you do suspect your pet has ingested something Toxic, please call your local veterinarian or ASPCA Poison Hotline.
2. Curious Pets. Pets with impulse control may be extra curious with the extra decorations. The extra wires and cords for electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets.
Other things to consider are the Festive carved pumpkin that normally include a candle. If your pet is curious, you may want to use a battery operated candle.
3. Costume Contest. Dressup up can be a big mess up for some pets. Not all pets do well in a costume. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she likes it. For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
If you dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Take a closer look at our pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed off pieces that he could choke on. Also , ill fitting outfits can get twisted external objector your pet, leading to injury. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au natural or donning a festive Bandana.
4. Escape Artists. Unless you know your pet going to be social and stay polite, pets should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick or treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. .
5. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, collar and tags and/or microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that her or she will be returned to you.
Have fun this Halloween and I hope these Halloween pet safety tips have been helpful.