Halloween can be ghoulishly fun for us however it can be a nightmare for our four-legged family members.
Here are a Few Tips to Keep your Pets Safe on Halloween
Hide the candy!
- Many treats that will end up in your child’s bag are toxic to pets so make sure they are in a spot your pet can’t reach. If your dog does get into the candy call the emergency vet or the ASPCA poison control center at 888-426-4435 immediately. Chocolate, as well as the artificial sweetner xylitol, is deadly to our pets.
Keep your pets inside
- Make sure your dog has gone out for a walk or spent some time in the yard before the festivities of the night begin. There will probably be a flurry of activity around your house and your pets will be very curious. There will also be kids who may play some not so nice tricks on our furry family members. It is best that they are inside the house, especially if you are not at home.
Keep your pets away from the front door
- Nothing sets a dog off more than a knock at the door and multiple visitors can send him over the edge. It is best if your pets are away from that area, or locked in another room altogether, to eliminate the possibility of him bolting outside to see what is going on. Be proactive and make sure your pet is micro-chipped or wearing a collar that says who he is and where he lives. This can be a very stressful time for your pets and its best to try to avoid it as much as possible.
- Although we find them cute, they might not be so cute for our pet who is wearing them. If you must dress your pet up, please be aware of anything that restricts movement, is too tight or has pieces that he can swallow. Costumes that don’t fit properly can get tangled on anything and cause injury.
- Keep ALL of your cats inside a few days before AND a few days after Halloween. All black cats and all white cats are especially at risk of animal cruelty during this time. Many shelters refuse to adopt out black and white cats in October due to this reason.
- Keep lit pumpkins in areas that are out of reach to your pets. No explanation needed here, fire and fur are a terrible combination. Also keep in mind that pumpkins and corn can cause gastrointestinal problems so its best if Fido just stays away.
- For those of us in the Detroit area, we know what can happen the night before Halloween. Thought it has been much better the last few years we don’t really know what each year will bring. This is why it is very important to stay vigilant a few days before and after Halloween. Make sure to keep your pets inside or with you for the next few nights.
Keep your pets safe and have a spectacularly spooky All Hallows’ eve!