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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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Halloween has become a holiday that almost has as much decorations and parties as Christmas. Chances are some of your neighbors have tons of decorations around the outside of their home. Your pet may not even notice the extra commotion that’s going on or they might become scared and overreact. I had a dog that ran away from home one year because he got scared from all the people outside and kids screaming on Halloween night. After that happened, I decided to sit down and think about how it could have been avoided and I came up with some tips that I follow every year. Don’t make the same mistake I made and follow the pet safety tips I’m going to tell you about.

  1. Be aware of where you put your decorations. If you’re planning on using fake cobwebs or even those little fake spiders, remember that they are choking hazards. Your dog or cat can become tangled in the decorations or try to eat something they shouldn’t. If possible, make sure you keep all of your decorations in places your pets can’t get to them.
  2. Make sure your pets don’t get any treats. If you’re leaving a bowl of candy outside for trick or treaters, your dog may want to sample the treats. Chocolate is dangerous for dogs, so definitely make sure you have the candy where your dog can’t get into it.
  3. If you go out on Halloween night and you take your dog with you, make sure it’s on a leash. People wearing costumes may make your dog feel threatened, so you don’t want your dog to attack or run away in fear. The best idea is to keep your dog inside your home until the trick or treating has ceased for the night.
  4. Keep the loud noises to a minimum. Some people like to play loud Halloween noise CDs to add to the spooky atmosphere. My mother used to play a CD filled with spooky sounds on Halloween night. Your pet might become agitated by the sounds, so be sure observe their behavior to see if it seems like it’s bothering them.
  5. Don’t force your dog to wear a costume. Many pet owners like to dress their dogs up for Halloween. But if your dog isn’t used to wearing clothes, don’t force them to wear a costume. You can definitely try to put them in a costume, but if they freak out or you can obviously tell they don’t like it, don’t force them to wear it.

Halloween is a fun holiday and people definitely love to go all out with their celebrations. Just be mindful of your pets and their surroundings so you don’t have to worry about something bad happening to them. Having your pet get sick, injured, or run away is not a fun thing to deal with on a holiday.



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