Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these easy tips.
1: Candy Is Not For Pets
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not our dog. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets.
2: Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings an influx of visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. It is a good idea to keep all but the most social dogs and cats away in a separate room and away from the front door, especially during peak trick-or-treating hours.
3: Be Careful With Costumes
Sometimes, costumes can be undue stress to pets. We recommend that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, ensure that the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow.
Before Halloween, try to have your pet try on the costume before the big night.
4: Watch Your Candles and Lit Pumpkins
Pets are attracted to bright lights in a darkened room. Candles can be knocked over easily, spilling hot wax on furniture and carpet, or potentially causing a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting badly burned.
5: Don’t Leave Your Pet In The Car
Pets may find it very frightening to sit in a dark car while scary creatures of every size and shape walk by. Furthermore, your normally friendly pet can become aggressive and protective and lash out at a friendly ghost or witch. For the safety of your pets, leave them at home, inside where they are safe.
As we head into the fun festivities of Halloween, we want to make sure your pet is safe as possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!