In life we are typically more successful when we plan ahead. Whether it’s preparing for a test or a trip, when our proverbial ducks are lined up mistakes are reduced, accidents abated.
The same holds true for Halloween pet safety. Without a doubt, the more we anticipate potential calamity the more we can keep our animals out of danger. The best part? With an approach to seasonal events like this, we can all but guarantee a happy, fun-filled night.
You Know Best
Pet owners know their pets best. If you have previously seen your pet behave anxiously on certain holidays, or in crowds, it may be best to simply stay at home with them during the peak hours of trick or treating.
Be sure they have a cozy space away from the front door (preferably inside their crate, if crate-trained). Play some white noise to relieve doorbell-related stress, and supply fresh drinking water, treats, and toys. Check on them frequently and offer loads of affection and praise.
Speaking of the doorbell, many pets take this opportunity to bolt out the front door. Sure, they could just be excited and will return at your command. Others are responding to a fight-or-flight instinct, and may disappear into the night.
One of the most important priorities of Halloween pet safety is to prepare for this possibility. We urge pet owners to check their pet’s collar and ID tags. Dress them in reflective gear. If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, this is a perfect time to do it. If your contact information has changed since you registered with their chip’s manufacturer, it’s a good idea to update it.
It may be common sense to keep your treat bowl off any surfaces that your pet can access, but remember they can sniff out treats when you least expect them to. When out trick-or-treating, be watchful that your pet doesn’t pick up any discarded candy or try to lick any fallen wrappers.
To prevent a pet poisoning, prohibit your pet from consuming any chocolate this Halloween. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many sugar-free treats, is also incredibly toxic. Accidentally ingesting wrappers, lollipop sticks, and foil can lead to painful GI obstructions.
Pet costumes are certainly all the rage, but that doesn’t mean all pets enjoy wearing them. If your pet is tolerant, be watchful that their vision, movements, and respiration are not compromised by the costume. It should fit snugly, but not tightly. If it’s too loose, pets try to wriggle out of them and can get stuck. Supervision is critical to minimize choking hazards or entrapment.
Halloween Pet Safety
Avoiding a pet emergency is essential all year-round, but Halloween can really throw some curveballs at pet owners. Candlelight jack-o’-lanterns, glow sticks, animated decor, and strong lights can all pose risks to Halloween pet safety.
Similarly, adopting methods for general fall pet safety can go a long way toward staying out of the emergency room.