Halloween is coming up fast. its time to put up the spooky decor and think about costumes. But while youre planning your familys fun night of fright, dont forget about your pets. All Hallows Eve can be a scary time for pets, but there are ways to ensure they are kept safe, happy and healthy.
Halloween is coming up fast. its time to put up the spooky decor and think about costumes. But while youre planning your familys fun night of fright, dont forget about your pets.
All Hallows Eve can be a scary time for pets, but there are ways to ensure they are kept safe, happy and healthy.
No candy - Most pet owners know that dogs are extremely bad reactions to chocolate and it can even even be lethal. Still other candy made with the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. Keep your pets away from the treats.
Keep pets inside - Dont leave your pets outside as cruel pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Be sure pets are confined in a room away from the door. It will be scary for your pets to see a flow of strangers dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for candy. Also, dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Place your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night.
Tags! - Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they escape through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treater.
Pumpkins and pets don't mix - Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn out of reach. Although these are mostly considered to be nontoxic, they can cause a very upset stomach.
Put Halloween decor out of reach - Jack O'Lanterns, luminaries, candles and even string lights can be a hazard for pets. Any lits decorative item is risk for pets burning themselves should they get too close or causing a fire if these items are knocked over. String lights can be chewed and cause electrical shock.
Be cautious about Pet costumes - We all admit that pets in costumes is over the top adorable - for us as humans. But pets dont often have the same love of dressing up. Many dogs find costumes annoying. Plus, they can be unsafe if your pets movement is restricted, it interferes with hearing or sight, or doesnt let them bark or meow. Try pet costumes on the night before to be sure your pet will be okay wearing it. And, be sure that the costume doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off.