Halloween Safety Tips
Use Caution with Costumes
Generally, most pets prefer to walk around au naturel. If your pet chooses to tolerate a costume, make sure that it is entirely pet-safe. Be certain the costume is made of non-toxic and non-flammable material and remove any chewable parts that may pose a choking hazard to your pet. Remember that pets can’t talk, so it’s important to keep an eye on their body language. If your pets look to be plotting their revenge when you put their costume on, they probably are.
Keep the Treats out of Reach
To avoid the possibility of a sneaky treat feat, keep the candy up and out of your pets’ reach at all times. Many popular Halloween candies are toxic to pets. Chocolate, as most people know, is a definite pet no-no. Sugar-free treats should also be avoided as they contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is poisonous to pets. Stick to your pets’ own treats this Halloween; they’ll be just as happy.
Harness the Halloween Hype
With trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell by the minute, it’s easy for your furry friends to become a little uneasy and anxious. Put yourself in their paws—small strangers coming to the door dressed in bizarre clothing, pretty weird right? To keep your pets from dashing for the door, place them in a quiet room with toys and a delicious stuffed Kong. If your pet manages to slip out the door, make sure that they are microchipped and have an up-to-date ID tag so that they can be properly identified.
As responsible and loving pet-parents, we want to make our pets’ experiences as paw-sitive as possible. Be sure to remain calm throughout the night and remember to give your devoted companion all the extra love and attention they undoubtedly deserve.