Halloween is Monday, but I know all through the weekend there will be parties and other Halloween festivities, so I thought I would give you one more set of Safety Tips for your pets from the ASPCA.
I have a couple of suggestions of my own that I will throw in at the end.
No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet ParentsAttention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1.
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.
7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
In addition to these great tips, I would like to add:
- Crate your dog during the peak trick-or-treat period or for parties if your dog is crate trained.
- Have a bowl of dog or cat treats too, for your own pets or any trick-or-treaters that may arrive.
- Though this is an exciting time for us, it could be boring, frightening or aggravating to our pets, so give them something to do, a bone for dogs or some other chew toy and a new cat mouse toy for your cat. Something along those lines.
- Don't forget the attention! The way to show this is not a bad night is to give lots of love and attention to your pets when you can. In between trick-or-treaters or several times through out the party, check in on your pets and have a little interaction with them. Play with the mouse toy or chew toy or give some pets and love.
Happy (Early) Halloween and have a fantastic weekend!