5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

With Halloween right around the corner, here are the top 5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips for pet owners to keep your pets safe on this spooky night.

Be cautious with Pet Costumes.

Not all pets love wearing costumes, even though we all secretly wish they did, and that’s the first of our Halloween pet safety tips.  According to the ASPCA, do not put your pet in a costume unless you know they love it. Costumes may cause your pet to stress out.  If you are dressing up your pet, make sure the costume doesn’t limit movement, sight, breathing and their ability to bark or meow.  Check your costume for choking hazards. If your pet is showing signs of stress or abnormal behavior with their costume, maybe skip the costume altogether and have them wear a skeleton bandana instead.

Outfit your pet with a collar with ID tag and microchip.

With your door opening and closing so many times for your Halloween visitors, it’s important to make sure your pet has a collar with an ID Tag or even better, make sure they have a microchip.  This way if they slip out the door, they will be easily identifiable.

Keep your pet in a safe space.

Strangers in costumes can be overwhelming and stressful for your pets.  One of our best Halloween pet safety tips is to keep your pet occupied and in a separate room away from your front door during those peak times of trick-or-treating.

Watch your pets around decorations & wires.

Carving pumpkins is a must but with the candle inside, pets can easily knock them over and start a fire.  Kittens and puppies are curious creatures and you don’t want them getting singed by any flames. Also,  remember to blow out all candles when you’re done with festivities, which is one of our Halloween pet safety tips that applies to humans too.

Hide the Halloween candy.

Chocolate (in any form) is toxic to pets so make sure to put your candy bowl out of reach from your pets.  Sugar free candies also pose a risk since they contain the artificial sweetener xylitol which can cause serious health problems for your pet.  If you think your pet has ingested anything toxic, call your vet immediately or the ASPCA has a Poison Control Center number as well.

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