Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be one of the scariest and dangerous days of the year for your pets because humans transform themselves into unworldly beings like ghosts,  Minions, Rocky, and Super Woman. 

Minion Pug
Minion Pug

If you do nothing else this Halloween, make sure your pets are wearing their ID tags with your current cell number on it just in case your pet slips out when trick-or-treaters come to your door.

A pet's ID is your pet's ticket home. Wearing identification tags and having a microchip is your pet's best chance of finding their way home if they go missing.

If you choose to dress up your pet, never leave them unattended while wearing their Halloween costume.

Here are more safety tips to keep in mind:
  • Make sure your pet's costume fits properly and doesn't' encumber their movements or cover their face, eyes, ears, and nose. 
  • Halloween candy, especially sweet confections containing chocolate or xylitol (a sugar substitute used in sugar-free candies and gum) can be dangerous to your pet. It's best to avoid feeding candy to your pet. Make sure you put your Halloween goodies in a safe place where your pet can't get access to them.
  • Keep jack-o-lanterns and lit candles away and out of reach of pets.
  • Keep Glow sticks and jewelry away from pets. They can be toxic if ingested. This awful tasting liquid can make animals salivate excessively and exhibit odd behavior.
MacGuyver The Puggle dressed as "Rocky."
  • Keep your pets in a quiet back room away from the front door where they can easily escape when tricker or treaters arrive. If your pet is nervous around strangers or tends to bite when stressed, they will feel safer in a room away from Halloween activity while the trick or treaters are out. Your dog will thank you for taking the stress off of them.
  • Don't leave pets outside unattended during Halloween trick or treating. If left alone, your pet can get spooked and even escape. Plus some people can do cruel things to pets, especially black cats.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

1 comment:

Stefani said...

Great advice as always. Praying no one comes to outdoor this year. Fozzie goes crazy when the door bell rings.