Halloween may be the most frightening night of the year, but if you don’t take positive steps to keep your pet safe, it could have some scary consequences for you and them. Here are the Halloween safety tips that you need to ensure that your pet remains happy and safe on the spookiest night of the year.
Keep treats out of reach
Halloween candies are an absolute staple of any spooky celebration, but it a party or taking your little ones around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the candy bowl should be kept well away from the paws of your furry friend. Many types of candy contain ingredients that are highly toxic to animals. Chocolate treats need to be avoided too since all chocolate, no matter the variety, can make your furbaby very sick too. It is helpful to be aware of the symptoms of poisoning just in case … these include:
- Rapid breathing
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Increased heart rate
If you suspect that your pet may have eaten something that they shouldn’t, it is important to seek the advice of your veterinarian immediately.
Don’t leave your pet unattended
It isn’t just humans that can be spooked by the frightfulness of Halloween. No compassionate owner wants their pet to be left scared, so if you think that things may get a little too overwhelming, make sure you stay at home with them. Don’t leave your pet in your yard either. Unfortunately, it isn’t unheard of for people to tease, upset and even steal animals over Halloween. Black cats are particular targets owing to the superstitions surrounding them. Get your feline indoors in plenty of time and keep them there until the Halloween fun is over.
Take care with costumes
Costumes are an integral part of the Halloween spirit and in recent years, many owners have decided to include their pets in this popular tradition. There are now more animal Halloween costumes available to buy than ever before, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s what’s best for your pet. In fact, the ASPCA recommends that you avoid putting your pet in a costume unless you know that they will be happy to wear it, otherwise it could be extremely stressful for them. Do a trial run before the night to be sure that your furbaby is happy in their costume.
You should also assess costumes (yours and your pet’s) from a safety perspective. Your pets shouldn’t restrict their movement or breathe in any way, meanwhile, any costumes that your pet comes across shouldn’t have any dangling elements or bits that could come off and potentially choke them.
Put pumpkins off the menu
Although a little cooked pumpkin isn’t necessarily a bad food for your pet, eating raw, moldy pumpkin is guaranteed to give them an upset stomach. The same can be said for corn. Unfortunately, both of these vegetables are in abundance over the Halloween period, let out in yards and on porches and used in displays around the town. Keep these away from your pets as much as possible, and after your pumpkins go moldy, be sure to put them in the garbage straight away.
Don’t leave candles and lit jack-o-lanterns unattended
Any open flame is a full-on fire waiting to happen. Unfortunately, our pets don’t understand the dangers that candles pose, and placing them in jack-o-lanterns doesn’t make them any safer. Keep your pet safe from burns and your home safe from fire by keeping any lit candles under supervision at all times.
If you are concerned about keeping your pet safe this Halloween and would like more advice and support, our knowledgeable and passionate pet care team would be happy to help. Get in touch with us today to ensure that this Halloween isn’t a frightening experience for your furbaby.