Halloween is just around the corner so let’s all plan ahead to keep our pets safe. Trick or treaters will be knocking on our doors seeking out more candy than anyone should ever eat. Before the festivities get started, let’s keep a few safety precautions in mind so everyone, including our four-legged members of the family, can enjoy the holiday safely.
- Keep your pets safely in another room or put up a baby gate to keep them from escaping through an open door. While you’re admiring the adorable and scary costumes, a scared or curious pet can sneak passed you without you even noticing. Gauge your pets behavior. We may not realize that our pets are responding negatively to constant door bells ringing and happy squeals from strangers at the door. Halloween isn’t a good time for your pet to be wandering around the neighborhood. They may end up involved in an accident or in the hands of a mean-spirited individual who may harm them.
- Our pets are curious little critters especially when they get a whiff of goodies in the air. Make sure that bowl of candy is out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate and other candy are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener in candy isn’t the only danger. Hard candy and candy wrappers can get lodged in their throats causing them to choke or can cause an obstruction. Also, kids love to stash candy in their rooms. Make sure they stash the candy in a safe place where your pet’s keen sense of smell won’t be able to get to it.
- If you choose to decorate your home, consider where best to display your Halloween decorations and candles, and be especially aware of extension cords. Keep them out of your pet’s reach so they can’t be eaten or knocked over, which can lead to choking, electrical shock, or even fire.
- Be prepared with the location and number to a 24-hour emergency clinic if your vet is not available after hours. And if your pet has consumed a toxic substance, immediately contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!
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