Halloween is such a fun time of year for adults and children alike. From trick or treating to spooktacular get-togethers, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Fact of the matter is though, this may not hold true for your pets.
Halloween can present many dangers for our furry friends. This is because there are so many different things about this spooky night that our pets aren’t used to. Strange noises, creepy costumes and sweet treats can all make Halloween a scary night for our pets.
There are some precautions and safety tips for pet owners that need to be followed over Halloween that everyone should be aware of. Check these out and make Halloween a happy celebration for the whole family.
Keep Pets Indoors
On Halloween the great outdoors isn’t so great for your pets. Keeping your pets indoors and out of danger is the best idea on Halloween night. In fact, keeping them contained is a good idea as well. Put them in a back room or crate with their bed and treats and close the door if you are handing out treats to the trick or treaters. This will help to make sure your furry friend doesn’t run out the door, get scared or scare fearful trick or treaters.
Keep Candy out of Reach
While your pet may think they deserve a treat, these kinds of treats are not meant for our fur babies. In fact, they can be downright dangerous. Chocolate can be toxic for dogs and other candy can cause digestive problems. Make sure to keep all the candy out of reach to avoid an accident. Oh and watch out for sugar-free gum and other items containing Sorbitol. It’s a very dangerous ingredient for dogs.
Keep Décor out of Reach
Some Halloween décor can be a hazard to your furry friends. If your dog or cat likes to chew on things, make sure to keep cords up and hidden. It is also important to keep pumpkins somewhere safe and out of reach of your pets. Use a flashlight or battery-operated candle to light it. Excited tails can easily knock over a pumpkin, causing a fire if it’s lit by a candle.
Halloween can present many challenges for pets and their owners. While it may be fun to dress them up in costumes, Halloween isn’t really made for your furry friends. Make sure to keep them safe and away from the holiday hazards!