Halloween can be an eerily fun time for us humans, but for our pets it can become quite unnerving, stressful, and even dangerous. To ensure a happy and safe Halloween for you and your pet take the following precautions. For more information regarding safety tips and precautions contact your local veterinarian or humane societies.
An increase in foot traffic and loud noises can rattle many pet’s nerves. These activities coupled with the spooky altered appearance of friends, family members and strangers can cause pets to act unpredictably and erratically. To avoid any mishaps or incidences keep pets in a room removed from the loud noises and festivities. Make sure to check on your pet regularly and comfort them when they seek it. DO NOT force your pet; allow him or her to approach you willingly and on their own terms.
Who doesn’t enjoy dressing up for Halloween? Well, your pet might not enjoy it at all….DO NOT force a pet to wear a costume if they appear uncomfortable, sheepish, or resistant. Be very wary of the costumes you purchase for your pet, especially regarding rubber bands and the potential for being a fire hazard. Rubber bands can harm your pet by getting entangled in objects, pulling out hair or digging into the skin. Watch pets carefully to make sure they do not chew on and ingest parts of their costume, rubber bands, or other potentially toxic substances.
Keep decorations, jack-o-lanterns, candy wrappers, and candles out of reach of your pet. Chocolate and alcohol can be toxic to pets. For Halloween you can make special homemade pet treats for your animals to include them in the holiday festivities. Dog biscuits and cat treats can be handed out to friends and family who have pets.
Halloween can be a terrifying and even life-threatening time for pets, especially black cats. Superstitions abound targeting black cats as the bearers of evil and misfortune. In some cases, they have been horribly tortured and maimed, severely abused, and even killed! To prevent such horrendous acts from happening to your pet it is highly recommended that all pets be brought in for the night of All Hallow’s Eve. To be even more cautious it is advised that pets be brought in two weeks prior to Halloween. It is unfortunate that those cruel, misguided souls have made this holiday a concern for caring, devoted pet owners but for the safety and peace of mind of all involved these precautions should be implemented.
Pet Safety Tips for Halloween:
1.) To prevent anxiety and stress, place your pet in a quiet, indoor room removed from the loud, boisterous festivities.
2.) Comfort your pet whenever he seeks it. DO NOT force it; let your pet come to you.
3.) Keep decorations, jack-o-lanterns, candy wrappers, and candles out of reach of your pets.
4.) Keep candy, alcohol, and other potentially toxic foods out of reach of your pets. Instead, make pet-specific treats for them.
5.) Avoid dressing up your pets if they appear uncomfortable, stressed, or sheepish. If you do purchase a costume and your pet is receptive to the idea, be wary of rubber bands, and other ingestible items on the costume that may cause potential health risks to your pet. Always supervise your pet to avoid possible mishaps.
6.) Electrical cords should be covered or tacked down so that pets cannot reach them.
7.) Begin bringing pets, especially black cats, inside two weeks prior to Halloween.
8.) Identification tags should be current and legible on each pet.
9.) Keep your pets on their regular feeding and exercise routines to avoid undue stress. However, avoid allowing them outside without supervision.
10.) Be careful that your pet is not able to escape outside through an open door.
Taking these simple precautions will help to ensure that you and your pet will avoid potential dangers and enjoy this holiday together. Ask your veterinarian or local animal shelter for further information on how to keep your pet safe during the holiday season. Happy Halloween!