Halloween is almost here! As you prepare for Halloween, keep these tips in mind, so that both you and your four legged friends have a safe and happy Halloween.
1.Keep Pets Inside
If your pet tends to easily get scared, nervous, or becomes protective, it is important to keep them confined safely inside your house. Sadly, there is also a disturbing increase in the disappearance of many animals, especially black cats, during Halloween. Keep your pets indoors so that they do not fall prey to pranksters or run away when frightened. Finally, if your pet doesn’t already have a collar, ID tag and microchip, get these before Halloween just in case despite your best efforts they manage to escape during the spooky celebration.
2.Keep Pets away from candy
Halloween candy can be very dangerous for pets…especially chocolate and xylitol! As most people know chocolate is toxic to pets and be fatal. Candy with xylitol, like sugar-free gum, is also vey dangerous to pets. Xylitol causes insulin release and low blood sugar levels and can lead to liver failure. Be sure to keep all Halloween candy away from your pets. If your pet manages to steal some candy, immediately call your veterinarian for help or take your pet to a veterinary emergency clinic
3.Keep Pets away from candles
Jack o lanterns with flickering candles can attract curious pets. Besides possibly burning an inquisitive pet’s nose or paw, candles can start a house fire if accidentally knocked over. To be safe never leave lit candles unattended and always place them out of reach of pets.
4.Watch out for decorations
Blinking lights, stringy webs and other spooky decorations can be dangerous to curious pets. While you wouldn’t think of playing in your decorations or tasting them, these new decorations beckon to be played with or eaten. Pets can become entangled in lights ad stringy objects. In addition some animals will chew or swallow smaller decorations, which can also cause life-threatening intestinal blockages unless they are promptly removed surgically.
Strings of twinkling Halloween lights can be quite attractive to cats, but they can entangle a mischievous feline, or even electrocute them if they try to nibble the cords.
5.Don’t leave pets in costumes alone
Some people, like me, love to dress their pet up for Halloween. Just be sure you use a costume made for pets and never leave them in costume unattended. Pet costumes are made to fit pets and come off easily. Still never leave them alone as some animals may decide to take their costume off themselves and become entangled in it or decide the best way to ensure they don’t have to wear it again is to eat it.
As you prepare for Halloween, keep these tips in mind, so that you both you and your pet friends have a safe and happy Halloween.