Halloween is a fun, bewitching time for little ghouls and goblins, but when it comes to the pets, the holiday can be scary and frightening. The holiday doesn’t have to be so spooky for your dog if you keep these safety tips in mind. The eerie moments of the day and night can keep your pet safe and secure if you remember:
- Take your dog for a walk before the trick-or-treat hours, keeping a tight grip on the leash. When your dog is out for a walk, before or after Halloween hours, ensure he/she does not pick up anything off the ground that could be poisonous or hazardous. Also, ensure that your pet is properly tagged with personal information or the animal is microchipped.
- Give thought to the dog’s safety when considering dress up. Many dogs are not fond of costumes and other attire. Ensure the outfit allows for easy movement, that the dog can see well, breathe and hear. It should be flame retardant. Avoid an item that is restrictive or has any small parts that can be chewed and swallowed.
- Put a gate in front of the door to ensure you pet cannot get out every time a trick-or-treater arrives. If not using the gate option, keep your dog leashed to ensure you can grab the animal in an emergency.
- For dogs that are anxious or with aggressive tendencies, it would be advisable to set up a safe area for the animal in a closed-off room. Either crate your dog in that space or ensure you provide it with its favorite comfy bed, blankets, toys, treats, and water. The safe spot in the home needs to be secure and as far from the front door as possible. Such a safe place is vital for the cat owners.
- Never leave your dog outdoors during the trick-or-treat hours. The ghouls and goblins walking around can cause great fear and anxiety in a dog, making it want to get away and often escaping from the safety of the yard. Dogs are always in danger of getting hit by a car. Another concern is someone who tries to harm your dog “for fun” or give it treats that are hazardous. Do the potty thing before the kids coming out and keep your pet safe indoors during those prime hours.
- Never leave dogs in cars.
- Keep all treats out of the reach of pets. Monitor all candy and wrappers. If eaten, wrappers can cause an obstruction in your dog, while candy can be hazardous and poisonous, especially chocolate.
- Make sure all the kids in the home or visiting know not to give any treats to the pets.
- Keep trash cans securely shut from pet “”
- Candles, decorations, ornaments and jack-o-lanterns out of the reach of the pets.
- Secure light wires after decorating and cover outlets to prevent electrical shocks.
- Speak with your veterinarian if you have an extremely high-strung pet for his advice or mild tranquilizer if necessary.
Each Halloween, more pets than ever need medical attention due to the hazards associated with the most ghoulish time of the year. Take the necessary steps, and your pets can have a safe and happy, fun holiday.