Pet Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is filled with fun, thrills and chills – and it can be a fright-fest for pets as well. The very things that make Halloween fun for us – treats, new sights and smells, strangers at the door – are the things that can be anxiety-producing and even dangerous for our pets. Take a little time before the holiday to help keep your pet calm and safe.
- Designate a safe room for your pet, away from the festivities, strangers and treats, where they can feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Costumes are fun, but they change the way people look AND smell – another good reason to keep pets away from any festivities in a safe room.
- Your dog loves a walk, but they should skip trick-or-treating. The kids, the costumes, the commotion – it’s not a recipe for success for your dog, and a lost dog or dog bite can put the kibosh on Halloween hijinx.
- Of course, find a safe place to stow Halloween candy and treats where your pet can’t reach them. Chocolate, xylitol, and gum are all bad for pets. Children are often great at sharing their hard-earned candy with their favorite pet, so make sure they are supervised or don’t have access to treats.
- Decorations can be dangerous! Lit candles, strings of lights, potpourri, rubber eyeballs, glow sticks, fake blood, and fake cobwebs present fire, choking, and poisoning hazards. Don’t leave pets alone with access to decorated areas.
- Make sure your pets have their tags. Frequently opening the door for trick-or-treaters creates opportunities for escape.
- About half of pet owners dress their pets in costumes for Halloween. Make sure pet costumes are comfortable; don’t cover the eyes or ears, or present a tripping hazard.
A little forethought will go a long way to ensuring a fun, safe and happy Halloween for everyone, including your pet! Happy Halloween!