Halloween is a fun holiday for many. It’s a holiday filled with costumes, candy and pumpkins. While we often think of safety tips for kids on Halloween, have you considered these for your pet? Halloween can be a frightful holiday for pets, not just black cats. We are sharing five Halloween Safety Tips for your pets to ensure 2- and 4-legged friends have a good time.
- No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for your curious dog or cat. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener ,xylitol, can also cause problems. Make sure you properly dispose of any wrappers; just the scent of the candy might have your pet interested in them.
- Don’t leave your pet outside. Have them securely in the house, especially if you plan on leaving with your kids to trick or treat. Additional activity outside can make pets nervous and you don’t want your pet taken from your property.
- Pumpkin Safety. While cooked pumpkin is sometimes recommended for your dog when they have a belly ache, uncooked pumpkin and decorative corn could cause gastrointestinal upset. Additionally, consider using a battery operated light in your carved pumpkin. Pets, especially curious puppies and kittens, can easily get burned or start a fire if they bump into a candle lit pumpkin.
- Trick-or-Treater Time: Even if you pet is on the social side, all those door bells and kids can be stressful for your pet. It is best to keep your pet in a quiet room or on leash when visitors come to the door. Keeping your pet secured will prevent your pets from getting loose when you greet the trick or treaters.
- Collars and ID’s Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you. Consider buying Tags and Leashes that glow in the dark like Walkabout glow leash – Collars ($5.99-$12.99), Leashes ($16.99)
- Glow in the dark rubber technology with webbed backing
- Comfortable, durable, water resistant and easy to clean
- Launching three new patterns (Dots, Tossed Stars, Grid)
- Adjustable sizing from x-small – large
Thinking about giving out dog and cat treats? You might want to reconsider. Giving a pet food they aren’t used to could cause GI upset. I would consider a ball or a safe cat or dog toy as a treat instead. You can probably find them in bulk at your pet store. Glow in the Dark Toys like JW® Megalast ® Glow Toys would be perfect for your dog buddies.
What other Halloween Safety tips would you add for your pets?
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