Halloween for pet owners can either be super fun or super scary. Following these Halloween pet safety tips will help you have a howling good time this holiday!
Keep Halloween candy away from pets! Chocolate and the common sweetener Xylitol are both toxic to dogs. Keep all candy out of reach of pets and watch for signs of poisoning including diarrhea, vomiting, and rapid breathing in case your animals eats any candy.
Keep animals inside and confined during trick or treating. Not only will this make it easier on you while you answer the door, but it reduces the risk of your pet escaping through the door, biting, or excessively barking. Trick-or-treaters can also cause stress for your pets, so keeping them separated from the front room will help them stay calm and happy.
Keep animals inside around Halloween. Don’t let your pet become the target of a cruel Halloween “prank” because it was outside and not monitored.
Don’t leave unattended candles in Jack-O-Lanterns or elsewhere during the holiday season. Pets can knock over candles and start serious fires.
Also remember to keep wires from Halloween decorations tucked away so they can’t be chewed or pulled by your pets.
Pet costumes can be fun, but only if your animal doesn’t mind the outfit! Don’t overstress your animal by trying to dress it up. Also make sure that the costume fits correctly and doesn’t cause discomfort or have parts that can be chewed and choked on.
Remember to have all of your pet’s I.D. information up to date and visible. Even if they are wearing a costume, it’s important to have their correctly fitted collar with tags and vaccine info available. We also recommend getting your pet I.D. microchipped if you haven’t already. Halloween is a common time to have pets go missing. You can learn what to do if your pet goes missing by reading this post.