Halloween is a fun holiday filled with costumes, candy and friends. For some pets, however, the day can be a scary event filled with unfamiliar noises, sights and people.
Follow these easy tips to ensure that your pets stay healthy, happy and relaxed this Halloween:
Keep Candy & Chocolate Out of Reach: Of particular concern are dark chocolate treats and candy with sweeteners like xylitol in them. To keep your pets safe, make sure that you place any trick-or-treat candy in a location where they cannot reach it. A high bookshelf or the top of the fridge works well.
Watch Out for Edible Decorations: When Halloween rolls around, many pet parents decorate the house with corn and pumpkins. If ingested, they may cause stomach upset so make sure they are out of reach or consider going easy on the decorating.
Be Cautious With Candles: Carved Jack ‘O Lanterns are a great way to celebrate Halloween, but they can quickly become a hazard if a pet knocks them over and dislodges the candle inside. Use extreme caution when placing candles in your carved pumpkins and keep them in a spot where pets cannot easily reach them.
Trying using glow sticks or artificial candles... much safer all round!
Keep Pets Confined: Let’s face it; animals do not understand Halloween. When a gaggle of people dressed as monsters knock on the front door, many pets will be confused and fearful. To avoid stressing your pet and to keep the experience pleasant for your trick-or-treaters, keep pets restricted to remote rooms of the house.
Be Careful With Pet Costumes: Although pet parents love to dress their animals in funny outfits, these costumes can quickly become a hazard. Before putting your pet into his Halloween outfit, ensure that there are no small pieces that can be chewed off and ingested. Additionally, take the time to ensure that the costume is loose enough to allow for easy breathing and that your furry companion cannot get his head or legs stuck in the costume.
Be Careful Of Electrical Cords: Life threatening electrical shocks and burns occur all too commonly over holidays such as Christmas and Halloween. Electric lights and decorations pose a real threat to your pets safety so make sure they are out of reach.
Be Vigilant About ID: It is extremely important that pet parents ensure their pet has proper identification; preferably, your animal should have two different types of identification (such as tags and a microchip) in case he goes missing. You don’t want to spend Halloween in search of a runaway pet, nor All Saints Day putting up “Lost Pet” posters in the neighborhood.
Since Halloween can be frightening for pets as well as kids, these simple tips will help you ensure that everyone in your household (pets included) has a fun and enjoyable holiday this year.