5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents Keeping Your Pet Safe This Halloweeen

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents

When it comes to the holidays, our pets are always trying to be right smack in the middle of all of the commotion. Here are a few great tips for how to keep your pet safe during the Halloween season.

Itโ€™s the spookiest time of the year! This Halloween, as youโ€™re scoping out costumes, arranging decorations artfully, and gearing up for trick-or-treaters, make sure to keep your petโ€™s safety in mind. Weโ€™ve got five important Halloween safety tips to help you with the dos and donโ€™ts of the holiday season.

1. Your Petโ€™s Who, What, and Where

Holiday season or not, itโ€™s always a good idea to make sure your pet is well identified: ID tags should be up-to-date with your current contact information, and microchips are also an option that will help make it easy for good Samaritans to bring back your cat or dog if they wander off through an open door.

2. Save the Treats for You (and Your Kids)

Nothing says Halloween like gorging on candy, whether itโ€™s your own supply for trick-or-treaters or a big haul brought back to the house by your kids. As you pick through for the tastiest treats, make sure to keep all of the sweet bounty inaccessible to your cat and dog. If they are tempted by the candy, they wonโ€™t be able to remove wrappers, which can lead to digestion troubles, and may also be a choking hazard.

And the candy itself is toxic: chocolate, the ingredient theobromine can lead to tummy distress at best in dogs, with vomit and diarrhea as the main symptoms, or it can even lead to death, if a pet eats too much.

Sugar-free treats are no better. The sweetener substitute xylitol can lead to severe sickness; if you know that your dog has ingested xylitol, call the vet immediately.

Chocolate is problematic for cats as well, but they do not tend to be tempted. Itโ€™s unknown if xylitol is toxic for cats, but in general, seek to keep sweets away from cats as well as dogs to be on the safe side.

3. Keep an Eye on the Door

As you marvel at trick-or-treaters, make sure that you keep your pets in a closed room, in their crate, or held by the leash or in your arms. This way, you can avoid your cat or dog running through the open door, and can also make sure they donโ€™t scratch or bite your visitors.

Some pets experience anxiety when the doorbell rings frequently, or even when there are a lot more guests than usual. If thatโ€™s the case for your cat or dog, consider leaving a note so that people will knock instead of ringing the bell, or keeping your pets in a comfortable place far from the sound of people and the doorbell.

4. Pet Costumes

Definitely do dress up your pets if theyโ€™re amenable -- that way, they can celebrate the season in style! Check costumes for loose strings and bows that could be chewable temptations, and scratchy sections that may cause discomfort. A fairly simple costume is best for pets.

5. Pet-Safe Decorations

And of course, follow simple safety precautions when it comes to decorations. If youโ€™re keeping candles in a jack-o-lantern, make sure thereโ€™s no possibility of the candle being within the range of a paw. Your cat or dog could easily burn themselves, or tip over the pumpkin and start a fire.

Avoid tinsel anywhere your cat can come into contact with it, since it can be a choking hazard. Fake spider webs could cause a similar problem, and should also be avoided in areas where your cat will roam.

A few tips can make it extra special for you and your pet this Halloween. So hover over to the next section to know more about the same.

Pets and Halloween Safety

Fire flickering through carved Jack-O-Lanterns, sweets teeming over the edge of your goodie bag, a menagerie of costumed characters strolling past you on the street; yes, something wicked this way comes! But before you wrap Rover in a pumpkin jumpsuit remember this, the same things we often look forward to most on Halloween can seem frightening to pets and may prove to be dangerous as well. But donโ€™t dismay โ€“ by taking just a few precautions you can share one of your favorite holidays with your pets and make sure they have a safe and exciting time.

We check IDs - ID tags and microchips keep your pet safe

Between the constant opening and closing of the door and all the excitement in the house and on the block, it is fairly common for cats and dogs to pull a runner, to try to get away from all the action. If your pet does escape, having a collar with an ID tag, or better yet, a microchip, will greatly increase the odds of finding them.

Sugar rush - bad for people, worse for dogs 

For cats and dogs chocolate is a definite no-no, as is anything containing Xylitol. But sugar should be limited in general as it can still cause a stomachache and enforce unhealthy habits for your pet. Better to stock up on some dog or cat treats and give them out to your pet and others making the rounds.

Fire and wires and lights, oh my!

Any holiday that features lots of candles and lights has to be closely monitored by pet parents. Cats are particularly at risk with candles because of their tendency to explore. Dogs, the curious chewers of the pet world, need to be kept away from wires which can cause burns or electrical shock when chewed.

Costumes for dogs  

Dressing your kids in the latest blockbuster movie costume is kind of cute but transforming your cat or dog into a pirate is downright adorable. Just remember, donโ€™t sacrifice your petโ€™s comfort for a chuckle. To ensure your petโ€™s costume is comfortable have them try it on prior to the big night and gauge their reaction โ€“ if theyโ€™re trying to tear it off itโ€™s no good. If your trick-or-treater is not feeling the sunglasses and leather jacket then settle for a nice bandanna around their neck.

Aahhh, people are scary

Your cat or dog might be used to people but that doesnโ€™t mean they are used to people dressed as swamp monsters or masked vigilantes. The most important thing to remember about ensuring your petโ€™s safety is to monitor their behavior and make sure they are comfortable throughout the evening.

With a little bit of care you can ensure a spookily magical evening for your pets and set a happy precedent for years to come. So hereโ€™s wishing you a Happy Halloween, pet parents, and if you happen to have a black cat sit back and relax โ€“ your decorations are covered.

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