Halloween is an awesome part of the year, when everybody gets to have fun pretending to be whomever or whatever they want, show off their creativity, and gather with friends for a spooky good time. This is not even to mention the treat of seeing little kids and pets dressed up… and the candy! Who can forget the candy?
While the celebration is going on, however, there are some things to remember in order to keep pets happy and healthy during all the hoopla.
1. Most important of any Halloween tip: Don’t feed Fido or Fluffy any candy! Chocolate especially is poisonous to animals, but any sugary treat can be dangerous and make your pet sick. It’s not just the candy itself you need to watch out for, either – the wrappers can cause choking and digestive problems. It’s important to make sure kids understand this too. It’s only natural they want to share their loot with their best friend!
2. Keep your pet away from seasonal produce such as pumpkin and corn -they may not kill your pet, but they can cause serious stomach upset as well.
3. it’s a good idea to keep your pet in a quiet, comfortable room away from the front door during trick or treating hours. Pets can become nervous or frightened by the noise and excitement, or all the strangers appearing at their door. They may try to escape or even bite in such confusing circumstances! Better to let them relax somewhere else in the house, or even crate them with their favorite blanket and toy.
4. If you use some of the imaginative and cool electric decorations out there, make sure the cords and plugs are secured away from your pet’s nosy mouths and paws.
5. If you decide to dress up your furry baby, be careful about the costume. Make sure there are no toxic colors or materials, and that the outfit doesn’t bind your pet, cut into their skin, give them something to chew on, or choke them. Keep an eye on pets the entire time they’re dressed up to be certain they don’t get tangled.
6. It’s not recommended that you take your pet out in the chaos of Halloween. However, if you do decide to take your pet trick or treating with you, keep them securely on a leash and be certain their ID tags are well-attached and updated just in case. Another important safety tip is to use reflective tape on your dog’s collar and costume. If they get off the leash, they will still be visible to drivers in the dark, and accidents can be avoided.
7. If you have a dark cat, especially a black one, keep them in the house. If at all possible in the days and weeks leading up to Halloween. Be extra careful on the night itself – some people play cruel tricks on black cats around this night. It’s probably best to have all pets remain inside on Halloween, just to be careful.
8. Keep pets away from candlelit decorations such as jack-lanterns-and skulls. Put them somewhere high up and secure so they won’t be knocked over and start a fire or burn your pet.
9. If you throw an adult party where alcohol is being served, alert your guests that you don’t want your pet to be given any booze. Even the smallest amount can be extremely toxic. Again, the best choice might be to keep them in a separate room away from guests.
10. If you’re wearing a costume, be careful of things your pet might lick, eat, or get on themselves like makeup or other toxic materials.
While Halloween is a howl-owicious holiday, it also holds many hidden dangers for your animal best friends. Keep these guidelines in mind when managing your festivities on that night, and everyone will get to have a great time!