Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for children and adults; however, the scary creatures, silly costumes, decorations and treats can be frightening and even dangerous for our beloved dogs and cats.
Here are some guidelines to follow to keep your pets safe and stress-free on Halloween:
- We may love our pets dressed up in costumes, but your pet may feel differently. If your pet seems stressed by a costume, remove it for their own safety.
- Make sure your pet’s costume is comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision, hearing, or restrict breathing or movement. Avoid tying anything around your pet’s neck to prevent choking or strangling. Make sure the costume has no small parts or pieces that may be easily chewed off and swallowed.
- To minimize chances of an accident, add reflective tape to your pets costume if they will be out after dark.
- Although tempting, do not bring your dog along for trick-or-treating. Even the best-trained dogs can become spooked or aggressive in the noise and confusion of Halloween. Children you encounter may also be fearful of dogs.
- Keep your pets inside on Halloween. Keep them in a room separate from the trick-or-treaters. This will prevent them from becoming frightened and threatened by noisy children in costumes. Even if your pet seems ok with strangers, too many strangers can overwhelm a pet and cause them to be unusually protective or aggressive.
- If you have an outdoor cat (particularly a black cat), make sure to keep them indoors for several days around Halloween to minimize the risk from pranks or, unfortunately, other cruelty-related incidents.
- Be alert when opening the door for trick-or-treaters. Make sure your pet doesn’t dart out the front door!
- If you haven’t done so already, visit us here at SDBAH for microchip implantation prior to Halloween festivities. If your pet does escape from the house or becomes lost, a microchip will increase the chances that they will be returned home again. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with proper, up-to-date ID tags.
- Avoid hazardous decorations such as flaming jack-o-lanterns and candles which can burn your pet. Don’t use streamers or ribbons around your pet’s neck, on their collars or costumes or in your home. These items are frequently ingested and may cause severe intestinal damage and often requires surgery to remove.
- Candy is enticing to all pets. Keep Halloween candy out of your pet’s reach! Chocolate is toxic to pets and many candies can be harmful and make pets sick. Also avoid giving your pet any rich fatty foods. Pets have an excellent sense of smell so keep all counter tops clean and a lid firmly locked onto the garbage can to prevent them from eating wrappers and food packages.
HAVE FUN OUT THERE AND BE SAFE! DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS