Halloween is one of the spookiest nights of the year and is filled with lots of lollies, costumes and trick or treaters. Whilst is a fun time for children and adults, it can be a stressful time for even the most well-tempered pet.
Pet parents are encouraged to take the following precautions to make sure their pets stay healthy and safe this Halloween.
- Identification. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and identification tag and / or micro-chipped with current information. If they escape out an open door and become lost, this information is their ticket home.
- Leave your pet indoors. Avoid taking your pet trick or treating. Even the most well-behaved dog may panic and become aggressive if a ghost or goblin jumps out of the bushes. Instead, keep your pet in a quiet room away from the front door, noise, excitement and strangers in costumes. Keeping your pet safely indoors will also eliminate the possibility of them becoming a victim of mistreatment, teasing, chasing or abuse.
- Candy Warning. Chocolate can be toxic to your pets, especially dogs. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener found in some candy can be poisonous to dogs as well. Loose lolly wrappers made of aluminium foil lollies with pets.
- Decoration Alert. Keep lit pumpkins and candles out of your pet’s reach as they pose an obvious fire hazard. Ribbons, streamers, electrical cords, confetti and those fake cobwebs can all be dangerous if ingested by a curious pet.
- Pets in Disguise. As cute as it may be to dress up your pet, costumes can restrict an animal’s ability to bark, breathe, move, see or hear. Be especially careful when using costumes which use rubber bands as they can cut into your pet’s skin and cause injury. Opt for something simple and fun like a Halloween bandana.
Make sure to keep your vet and local animal emergency phone numbers by your phone or on your refrigerator so it can be located easily in an emergency.