There is no doubt that Halloween is a frightfully delightful time of the year. With spooky decor, promises of candy, costume parties and more, what’s not to love, right? However, for our pets it can be a little bit more frightful than delightful. That’s why it’s important to keep our pets safe and happy this October. Follow these Halloween safety tips to make sure your pets aren’t too freaked out by the freaky celebrations.
Halloween Safety Basics:
- Keep candy & party food hidden away – it is no secret that chocolate is bad for dogs. But excess sugar, table scraps from parties can also cause gestational distress. Plus, any sugar free treats containing xylitol can actually be fatal to your pets. Play it safe and stow away any treats far from your pets reach.
- Give them a safe space – When Trick-or-Treaters start to ring your doorbell, this can be very stressful to your pets. Set them up a quiet area away from the door to calm their nerves. Turn the TV or radio on low to drown out the noise, give them some treats and toys
- Hire a pet sitter – If you have an active neighborhood and you’re planning to go to a party on Halloween, it may be a good idea to hire a pet sitter. They can come and keep your pet calm, plus help you avoid any “trickers” when you don’t have “treats” available at the door.
- Avoid choking hazards – Constrictive constumes around the neck or small peice of a costume could easily be chew by your pets.
- Do not leave them unattended – Whether you’re staying at home or going out for some Halloween fun, make sure you never leave your pet unattendend while wearing a costume.
- Watch for signs of discomfort – We all know how awful it is being stuck in an outfit that is uncomfortable. But at least we understand it’s for “the sake of fashion.” Our pets don’t understand any of this, so if you see them looking distressed take off the costume (but don’t feel bad about snapping a quick pic first).
And that’s Halloween safety in a nutshell! If you have any questions or need a pet sitter this Halloween, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Also, we’d love to see your pets dressed up, leave us a comment or post on our Facebook page!
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