Halloween can be a fun time of year for children, parents and pets alike. Between sweet treats and fun costumes, it can be easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about your pet’s safety. It is important to keep an eye on your four-legged friends throughout the holiday to prevent a potentially spooky situation.
Trick or treating is a staple of Halloween for many families but can be a problem for the pets. Most candy is extremely dangerous for cats and dogs, especially chocolate and candy containing artificial sweeteners, which are toxic for pets. Other candies can also be choking hazards for animals. Make sure you are enjoying these treats in a place where your pets cannot get to them and store them in cabinets where even your jumping cat won’t find them.
Use a Leash
Whether you are taking your pet along for trick or treating or dressing him up to pass out candy with you, it is a good idea to keep him on a leash. With so many new people and sights, your pet could be easily frightened and run away.
Be Careful with Costumes
It’s no secret that pets look adorable in costumes and chances are, you will see many animals dressed up throughout the neighborhood. While costumes can be fun for humans, it is important to consider how your pet will feel. Costumes should not restrict movement, sight, hearing or breathing, and if your pet is easily annoyed or frustrated by clothing, it is best to avoid dressing him up.
Decorations are a festive way to celebrate the holidays, but pet owners have to be more cautious with decoration selections. Dogs and cats can easily knock over lit pumpkins, which can be a fire or burn hazard. Wires from other decorations should also be kept away from pets who might become curious and chew.
Keep Him Indoors
Unless your pet is on a leash and under constant supervision, he should be kept inside during Halloween. Unattended pets are not only at risk of running away, but also potential harm caused by rowdy trick or treaters. It’s best for him to spend the evening inside, where he will be cozy and safe from the chaos.