Halloween Pet Safety

by on October 29th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Halloween is right around the corner, and while you may be busy trying to figure out costumes for your children, you also have to start thinking about how Fluffy or Fido might react to visitors. There are a couple different ways your pet may react, and it’s always good idea to have a plan ready if your pet starts to exhibit uncommon behaviors.

Fright Night for Pets

Some animals don’t mind when Halloween rolls around, while others who are leery of strangers in their home may become scared, overly rambunctious or even aggressive. If you are expecting a lot of trick-or-treaters, you should try on a costume and see how your pet reacts to it. Some animals become very upset when they see anyone wearing hats, sunglasses and masks.

Seeing a stranger in a costume can be very frightening for your pet. Your pet may jump, claw, bark or growl at your guest, and since most of your guests are children, this can be extremely nerve-wrecking.

If you are a pet owner, you may find it helpful to secure your pet in another room such as a bedroom or an office. If your pet is already upset, he or she may bark or meow excessively, chew on objects other than their own toys, or even claw at furniture. If you feel like taking your pet to a another room is the best course of action for you and your family, make sure you turn on a T.V. or radio and leave chew toys in the room for your four-legged friend.

Tips for a Smooth Halloween Night

There are a lot of variables when it comes to pet safety and Halloween, and being prepared is key. Our tips will ensure it is spooktacular!

  • Don’t keep any candles burning in the house; a surprised dog or cat can easily knock them over.
  • Keep all candy away from your animals; carry your candy you are giving out in a bucket with a lid on it in order to keep it away from sneaky paws.
  • If you want to dress up your pet, don’t use the mask it may come with, these are dangerous for animals to wear.
  • Throw away all candy wrappers, cellophane or tin foil, as these can get stuck in your pet’s digestive tract and cause many problems.
  • All but the most social dogs and cats should be put in another room. If you decide to leave your pet out, make sure he/she has I.D. tags on in case they dart outside.

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