Halloween is just around the corner, meaning lots of frightening fun for all ages. While spooky season is filled with light-hearted tricks and treats, Halloween can also pose potential safety hazards for pets.
Pets tend to experience higher levels of stress at Halloween due to the hustle and bustle of the season. With this in mind, we have a few top tips to ensure your furry friends rest easy on fright night.
Costumes, while cute, can be dangerous for pets. If you do choose to dress your pet up in a spooky outfit, make sure they can move in it comfortably and most importantly, safely. Avoid costumes that require tying anything around your pet’s neck that can choke them, or costumes that hang to the ground that they may stumble over. Let your pet be the judge. If they struggle and are uncomfortable, then maybe it’s best to let them stay dressed as a golden retriever rather than a ghost!
Keep your pet away from harmful Halloween sweets and food. Before you give in to your pet’s pleading eyes and feed them that chocolate bar, be aware of the harmful consequences of feeding human food to any animal. Chocolate, especially baking chocolate, can be deadly to a dog, so keep all such goodies well out of reach.
The other lurking danger during Halloween is a substance called Xylitol. This is a low-calorie sweetener found in some gum and sweets. It can be potentially lethal when consumed, even in small quantities. To reduce temptation, feed your pet before any guests arrive so they will be less likely to beg and steal food. Tell your guests of any house rules regarding your pet, such as not feeding them scraps from the table.
If nicotine and alcohol will be consumed in your home this Halloween, be extra vigilant to keep these items out of your pet’s reach. These substances can be highly toxic—even deadly—to animals.
A Safe Space
Keep your home a safe space for your pet. Animals can get stressed with the hustle and bustle of guests and trick-or-treaters. It’s best to keep your pets indoors and provide them with a safe, quiet, escape-proof room where they can be removed from the energy and excitement of the season. Remember to provide plenty of food and water, and let your pet catch up on some Zzzs!
As trick-or-treaters come to your door, there will be many opportunities for your pets to slip out unnoticed. Make sure that your pets always wear current identification tags, consider having your pets microchipped if you haven’t already – and watch the door!
Halloween, and all the associated spooky fun, is best enjoyed when the entire family is safe and happy. Follow these tips, and your pet will have just as much fun as you and your kids this Halloween.
Head to Pets Corner in PE1 this Halloween to pick up some fang-tastic treats for your pets. Their knowledgeable staff can also provide advice and guidance about keeping animals safe during spooky season.
For more top tips on keeping pets safe, you can also visit: americanhumane.org