How to Have a Safe Halloween With Your Pet
Halloween is just around the corner. While you might love a fun scare from time to time, it’s important to take a few steps to make sure your pets will be safe on the ghostly, ghoulish holiday.
5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween
1. Store Treats Safely
Chocolate, raisins, certain nuts, and the artificial sweetener, xylitol are all highly toxic to pets. Make sure all of your treats are stored safely out of your pet’s reach.
2. Be Mindful of Dangerous Decorations
Halloween decorations can create a dangerous environment for pets. String lights create the danger of electrocution. Glow sticks and fake blood are poisonous for pets. Bouncy ball eyeballs could pose a choking risk. Fake cobwebs can entangle pets, and some decorations might simply just be scary for pets.
3. Be Careful About Pet Costumes
Everyone loves a dog or cat in a cute Halloween costume. Be sure you choose a costume that your pet likes, too.
Be mindful of headpieces and hoods that might cover your pet’s ears, as these will make them uncomfortable and could cause anxiety. It’s also important to choose a costume that doesn’t have parts that your pet could chew off and accidentally choke on.
Additionally, for the safest experience, never leave your pet unattended while they’re wearing a costume.
4. Create a Stress-Free Retreat
Whether you’re hosting a party or opening the door to trick-or-treaters, all the noise, costumes, and general commotion can trigger stress and anxiety in pets.
Keep your pets inside on Halloween – do not leave them out in the yard. (This is especially important with cats and black cats, particularly.) If you need to take them out to the bathroom, make sure they are secure on a leash.
Provide your pets with a safe, quiet space in a closed-off room in your house where they have everything they need to be calmly away from the bustle.
5. Tags and Microchips
Frightened, anxious pets often flee in fear, bursting out the front door or pushing their way through a window screen. Make sure your pet’s collar tags are up-to-date and, if you haven’t already, get your pet a microchip before Halloween arrives.
Schedule a Microchipping Appointment at Pacific Pet Hospital
If your pet does not yet have permanent identification in the form of a microchip, we strongly encourage you to schedule a microchipping appointment at Pacific Pet Hospital before Halloween arrives. To learn more, we welcome you to contact us today.