While Halloween is full of spooky fun for kids and adults, it can be downright scary for our furry friends. These Halloween safety tips for pets can help ensure your cat or dog doesn't fall prey to any tricks this year:
1. Keep Pets in a Quiet Room
Whether you're planning a small get-together with friends or staying home to answer the door for trick-or-treaters, it’s best to keep pets confined to safe, quiet rooms in your house. The sights and sounds of Halloween can be quite scary for animals and may cause even well-trained pets to dash out an opened door. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room will help keep her out of harm’s way. Just make sure to leave her with plenty of water and any toys she may need to feel comfortable.
2. Store Treats out of Reach
Most people know chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs — but other sugary treats can be just as dangerous. Keep treats out of your pets’ reach, and instruct guests to be watchful as well.
3. Be Cautious of Pet Costumes
Costumes for your pets can be a lot of fun — just make sure they are comfortable for your pet and allow her to move, see and breathe freely. Also, be sure to remove any pieces that may come off and cause your pet to choke (such as eyes, buttons or loose strings). Ultimately, if your pet shows any signs of distress or discomfort, it may be best to avoid costumes altogether.
4. Watch Out for Your Outdoor Cat
Cats — especially black ones — may risk being the victims of pranks or abuse during this time of year. If your black cat is normally allowed outside, keep him inside for a few days before and during Halloween. Even if your cat is not black, it may be better to keep him indoors with all the trick-or-treaters and holiday commotion.
5. Be Prepared for Worst-Case Scenarios
With Halloween hazards for pets, such as escaping and being accidentally poisoned, lurking around every corner, make sure you’re prepared if the worst happens. Double-check that your pet’s ID tags are current and her vaccinations are up to date, and keep a recent photo on hand in case she gets lost and you need help finding her. Also keep the numbers for your veterinarian and local Poison Control Center close by.
These Halloween safety tips for pets will help ensure your furry friends have a spook-tacular All Hallows’ Eve — no tricks included.
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