Halloween is right around the corner, and choosing this year’s costumes, candy selection, and decorations will be lots of fun.
However, pet owners need to take a little time away from the holiday festivities to put a few safeguards in place for their 4-legged family members. Halloween is a night that can result in pets becoming lost, harmed, and stressed if pet owners are not careful.
Here are 5 smart ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween:
#1: Monitor what your pet ingests. Candy is for children, not dogs and cats. Make certain all candy is out of your pet’s reach, and that your children understand how harmful foods such as chocolate are to animals. Another big no-no is Xylitol found in sugar-free candy.The safest idea is to have a No Candy For Pets rule.
#2: Keep an eye on pet costumes. While it may be really cute to dress your pet up in a Halloween costume, the dog or cat may disagree. Inspect the costume closely, and if it is too tight, hinders the animal’s sight or breathing, or stresses him out, forgo the costume. Just think of it as he is dressed up as an alien in a dog’s body!
#3: Secure your pet during Trick-or-Treating time. If your dog or cat likes to slip out through open doors, Halloween is an excellent chance for them to make a break for it. Don’t run the risk of your pet getting outside and being hit by a car, stolen, or lost. Block them in another room using a baby gate. Or set up their very own room with a bowl of fresh water and a comfortable pet bed, and let them wait Halloween out in safety.
#4: Think twice when decorating. A real candle looks great lighting up a jack-o-lantern, but it can badly burn an animal if they get curious and decide to investigate. Wires laying on the floor can be a big and dangerous temptation as well. During your Halloween decorating, choose lighting with no flames. Secure all wires out of reach of your pet. These extra precautions will go a long way to assure your pet’s safety.
#5: Make sure your pets have ID. If, in spite of your best efforts, your pet thwarts you and gets out, it is imperative they have an ID tag. If someone finds your pet, your dog or cat stands a greater chance of finding its way home to you if the person has access to an address and phone number.
Halloween is a festive holiday for children and adults, and can be fun for pets, too. All it takes is a little planning and precaution from their human to make sure they remain safe and secure.