Posted on 10-12-2018
- Keep your pets safe indoors on Halloween. Unfortunately, there are mean people out there that may try to injure or steal your pets on Halloween night. Black cats are especially at risk during the Halloween season. To avoid problems, pets should be confined safely indoors with plenty of food, water and toys to keep them occupied during the festivities.
- When confining pets, be sure to keep them away from outside doors and open windows. Seeing strangers in unusual dress can be upsetting to pets and they may become frightened and even unexpectedly aggressive. Loud noises and unfamiliar voices are also upsetting. Check on your confined pets frequently to reassure them during the evening.
- Glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, but can be unpleasant for pets. The material inside glow sticks is fortunately not toxic so it won’t actually make pets sick, but it has a very unpleasant taste! If your pet does chew on a glowstick, rinse their mouth out with clean water and offer a small meal or treat to clear the taste from their mouth.
- Halloween decorations such as tinsel, garlands, scary spiders, etc. are an attraction to pets. Keep these items out of reach. Decorations and uncooked or moldy pumpkin and corn can cause big problems. If enough is ingested, an intestinal blockage can occur, or at least a tummy upset.
- Lit candles can be very spooky! Candles left around pets can cause burns or start a fire if they are knocked over.
- Electric and battery powered decorations, while safer than lit candles, can also pose a risk to your pets. Chewing on electrical cords can cause serious burns and/or electric shock. Batteries contain toxic materials that can cause chemical burns if chewed open. Glass or plastic pieces can cause damage to the intestinal tract if swallowed.
- Dressing your pet in a costume is fun for you, but maybe not for your pet. Make sure any costumes are safe and not annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement or eyesight and have the ability to breathe so your pet doesn’t become over-heated.
- Try out pet costumes before the big night. Start a few days before, allowing the pet to wear the costume for a short time each day so they can become accustomed to feel of the costume. A small costume such as a colorful collar or bandanna may be a less scary compromise for your pet.
- I.D. is the key! Be sure your pet has a proper identification, either a collar with a tag or better still a microchip so if they should become lost, their safe return to you can happen!
Have fun this Halloween and keep your pets safe!