10 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Published on October 22, 2012 by in Blog, Tips

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Dog dressed as ghosts

Tips for a safe and stress free “howloween”

Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for children and adults; however the constant knocking at the door, scary decorations & silly costumes can be stressful, frightening and even dangerous for dogs and cats. Following some simple tips will keep your pets safe and stress-free on Halloween.

1)  For safety you could keep them in a separate room during trick-or-treating hours. For many dogs they feel their “job” is to protect the house or family. To keep them busy you could give them a toy or food puzzle.

2) If you are against putting your pet in a separate room, be extremely cautious when opening the door for trick-or-treaters.  Not only could your pets dart out, they could be so stressed by the situation your pet could bite someone.

3)  ID tag please! This is a must all year long as it is a law, but more importantly it could help save your pet if they ran away.  Holiday season unfortunately is the when most pets go missing.  Make sure your contact information is current!

4)   Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets.  If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

5)  Carved pumpkins or Jack-O-Laterns may certainly be a must have holiday decoration, but watch out for the large dogs with that wag’n tail or the curious cat.  Your pets could not only get burned it could start a fire.  If you must have your pumpkin lit up, try getting a battery operated candle.

6)  If you own an OUTDOOR CAT this may be the time of year you choose to keep them inside.  Besides all the traffic, your pet could fall victim to some unscrupulous people.

7)  As much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candy, do not give in especially when it comes to chocolate.  You may here its toxic or some other pet has eaten it and been fine but don’t fall for that trick.  The fact of the matter is it can be deadly to them in any amount due to a chemical that naturally occurs in chocolate that they can not tolerate.

8) For safe treats without the trick, give your pets homemade treats. Recently I made some pumpkin treats (using organic pumpkin puree, NOT pie filling) and they were a hit.  Small amounts of pumpkin are safe for dogs & cats.  Remember pets don’t need sugar.  A super simple treat, bake some butter nut squash,  cool and serve.

9)  Having an adult party?  Remember, dogs, cats, birds and other animals do not like being intoxicated.  Some people at the party may think it’s funny to get an animal drunk but the truth is it can cause liver & kidney damage or worse it can kill them.

10)  Pet Costumes:  This year it is expected that pet parents will spend aprx $370 million on pet costumes.  Please check the material to make sure the costume is not flammable.  The best choices are not blends but 100% polyester, nylon, wool and silk.  These materials are more difficult to ignite and tend to self-extinguish.  Another consideration is to make sure that it is not causing any restriction in movement, not tight and or flammable.   Finally, costumes that have to be slipped over the head make getting the costume off fast more difficult.

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