Pet Safety For Halloween

Pets are beloved members of the family. As such, it is only natural to want to include them in the family’s activities. However during popular holiday seasons such as Halloween, it is important to keep their safety in mind. What is usually a fun and safe holiday for people poses a few unique dangers to pets. Here are a few ways you and your pets can enjoy Halloween safely.

Cats and Halloween

Cats and Halloween

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All you have to do is take a stroll down any Halloween aisle in a store to see that cats, especially black ones, are linked with this holiday. Long viewed as witches familiars and associated with bad luck, cat owners should be especially vigilant during the Halloween season.

Cats should be kept indoors on Halloween night, as even cats that are not black could be targeted by people with ill intentions. In addition, the roaming packs of costumed children could spook a cat, causing it to stray farther than it would normally and become lost.

Decorating your home is another fun part of this holiday, but cat owners should take a few extra precautions. Cats love to play with anything that dangles, so make sure that any decorations that pose a potential chocking hazard are secure and out of the cat’s reach. In addition, make sure that there are no open flames, such as those on candles, for a curious cat to singe their whiskers on.

Dogs and Halloween

Dogs and Halloween

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When it comes to dogs, they are becoming more and more a part of the Halloween festivities. Take a look in any store and you will see that the pet costume section is growing every year. Dressing up your dog is a fun way to include your pet in the activity, but a few precautions should be taken. First, make sure the costume fits well, and is not too binding or so loose that they may trip. Also check that there are no dangling parts around the neck area, as they can get caught or pose a choking hazard.

If you are planning on taking your dog out, be mindful of their reactions. Remember, your dog will be encountering people in costume, so even a normally friendly dog may lash out in fear and bite an approaching strange creature. Watch their body language and posture. If the dog seems relaxed, then let the costumed person approach. If he is showing signs of anxiety or stress, help him keep his distance for the safety of both him and other holiday revelers. In addition, make sure your pet is wearing identification. If they become scared and take off running, having ID will make it much more likely that they will be returned home quickly.

Another fun Halloween tradition is going out Trick-or-Treating. With this, there is usually a sudden influx of candy into the home. If you have children, make sure that they are aware of the danger that candy poses to dogs so they are not tempted to share their goodies. Chocolate can be quite toxic to dogs, and their body is ill equipped to deal with the glucose spike that other types of candy can cause.

Decorations can also pose a slight threat to dogs. If you plan on carving a pumpkin, make sure it is kept out of reach of Fido. While not toxic, ingesting large quantities of produce such as pumpkin, gourds or even decorative ears of corn can lead to stomach upset and a very big mess to clean up.

Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for family, and that includes the four legged variety. When you know what to watch out for, it is possible for your entire family, pets included, to enjoy this festive holiday in a fun and safe way.