Halloween is a time for fun and tricks, but it can also be a dangerous one for pets. Chocolate, candles, and costumes are just some of the things that can pose risks to your furry friends this time of year. Fortunately, with a little preparation before the spooky holiday arrives, you can keep your pets safe—and comfortable!
Protect them from chocolate!
It's important to keep in mind that chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and even death in your pet. If you think your pet may have eaten chocolate products, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Consider the comfort and safety of your pet’s costume.
There are so many incredible pet costumes available today, but it’s important to remain diligent to keep your little buddy safe. If you plan on dressing up your pet in a costume, be sure to consider the following:
Is your pet comfy?
Make sure that your pet feels comfortable in the costume. If they’re wiggling and squirming, take it off.
Is the costume safe?
Ensure that the product is safe for your pet. Check for any sharp edges or small pieces that could potentially be swallowed by your dog or cat. Additionally, make sure that any dangling fabric does not cause strangulation.
Cats should never wear costumes with flowing hair parts since this could get stuck in their mouths while they groom themselves and cause discomfort and injury if they try to remove it themselves (in addition to causing injury due to strangulation).
Does it impact their movement in a noticeable way?
Make sure costumes don't restrict movement too much; if you have a long-haired dog or cat who normally enjoys being able to move freely in their coat, putting them into tight clothes may cause problems when it comes time for them to try going out somewhere after Halloween has passed.
Does it restrict your pet’s breathing?
If your pet’s costume restricts their breathing in any way, it’s a non-starter. If something gets caught around their neck then there might not be enough room available for airflow which could result in suffocation .
Keep Halloween decorations out of reach.
That little ghost or skeleton decoration may be cute, but it could be harmful to your pet. Instead of placing decor within your pet’s reach, consider hanging them at least six feet off the ground, or high enough that your pet can't jump up to it.
Prevent candles from catching fur on fire.
While many people like to use candles during the fall season, it's important to keep them out of reach of pets. If a pet gets too close to a candle and their fur catches fire, the damage can be extensive. Trick or treat with caution. If you’re planning to take your fur buddy out for trick-or-treating, keep them leashed. Alternatively, you can use a pet stroller that allows them to safely join in on the fun.
Remember: never leave your pet unattended when guests come trick-or-treating at your house or while you're cruising your neighborhood for treats.
Common Sense Is the Ticket for Pet Safety During Halloween
Halloween is such a fun holiday for dressing up and getting together with friends. And of course: you want your pet to be a part of the fun! They’re family, after all. But it can also be dangerous for them.
So, make sure you keep toxic items (chocolate, candy, and candles) in areas where your pet is not allowed or cannot reach by jumping. If you dress them up, pay close attention to their comfort level and happiness. And of course, keep them close and leashed when searching for the neighbor who is giving out the full candy bars!
Following these common sense tips will keep everyone in high spirits for the spooky season.