While Halloween can be a scary-good-time for kids and families, for pets it can be a nightmare! This year, take the stress and danger out of Halloween by following a few easy steps:
- Keep treats away from your pets – Halloween treats can be toxic to your dog or cat- especially chocolate, with dark chocolate being the worst. Many can also be a choking hazard due to their size, shape or wrapping.
- Keep pets away from the door – Besides the possibility that Boots may bolt out the door, pets can be stressed or frightened by costumes and noise from Trick or Treaters. It is best to keep them in a room away from the Halloween action.
- Avoid leaving pets in the yard – Pets may become agitated if left outside in the middle of Halloween noise and movement. Additionally, by keeping them inside, you avoid excited Halloween’ers who may offer your pet treats that could be harmful or mischief makers who could hurt them.
- Leave the dog at home – While taking the dog Trick or Treating with the kids may seem like a great opportunity for a walk, your dog could be frightened by all the people, noise and costumes and may react unpredictably towards others.
- Exercise caution with burn or fire hazards – Decorative candles and electrical cords should be kept out of reach from curious pets.
- ID’s please – Always make sure that your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes or becomes lost, a collar and tags or microchip can be a lifesaver increasing the chances your pet will be returned to you.