Halloween can be so much fun. Everyone dresses up in costumes. Parties, get-togethers, trick-or-treating, pranks. However, is Halloween safe for your pets? Here are a few pointers to keep your furbaby safe this Halloween.
1. Keep candy away from pets.
Candy can be extremely toxic to pets. Not only is chocolate bad for pets but the wrapper usually gets ingested with it. Which can cause a blockage. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. It can cause low blood pressure, liver failure, seizures and sometimes death.
2. Be sensible when dressing your dog up for Halloween.
If you choose to dress your dog up for Halloween, use common sense. Pets need room to move freely. Make sure their costume isn’t restricting them in any way. Supervise your pet when they are wearing costumes. This will allow you to be there if a situation were to occur.
3. Bring your pets indoors.
Keep your pets inside on Halloween. Some people go too far with this beloved holiday. Pets that are left outside are at risk of being teased, tortured, stolen, injured and/or traumatized. There is a lot of dark folklore revolving around animals and most of them are not pretty. This is especially true for black cats. Some cat shelters refuse to adopt out black cats in Oct for this reason. Keep your animals inside with supervised potty breaks outside. If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately.
4. ID is up-to-date.
Make sure your pets’ ID is up to date. Make sure they are wearing their tags on their collars. Double check that your dogs’ tags and microchip have the most up-to-date information. If your dog gets out on Halloween someone could pick up your dog. By keeping their tag/microchip information up-to-date it increases the chance of your dog being returned home quickly.
5. Keep Dogs Calm.
Keep your dog calm on Halloween. Halloween can be terrifying for pets. If your dog is scared of costumes keep them away from the front door. Give your dog a safe place to hang out during peak Trick or Treating hours. This can be a bedroom or a crate. Give your dog a bone or frozen kong to chew on so they have something to do.
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Tell me in the comments below, what are some other great tips for pet owners on Halloween? What do you and your pets do on Halloween?