Halloween Tips to Protect your Pet
Practical advice for your pets
ROSEVILLE, CA – Costumes are sewn and sewn, candy bowls are stocked up and ready for enthusiastic trick-or-treaters, and pumpkins are embossed and flashed. It’s that dreaded time of year again!
With so many ways to celebrate, it’s easy to get caught up in the haunted festivities of the Halloween season—but don’t forget that for your pet, the holiday can truly be a spooky time of year.
“Our pets can be particularly vulnerable to the environmental hazards of this season.”
Leilani Fratis, CEO of Placer SPCA
Halloween season tips for pets
The candy bowl is for humans only. Chocolate and other ingredients in this delicacy are toxic to dogs. Keep the goodies away from your pet and put them in a place where they won’t be able to enjoy them.
Be careful with the costumes. Although it can make for a great image, wearing Fido’s outfit can be dangerous. If you wear your pet, make sure they are the correct size and will not suffocate or restrict them in any way. Also, be sure to remove any part of the costume that your pet could chew or swallow. Never leave your pet alone in a costume.
Be vigilant while decorating. Candles, wires, lights, and props pose a threat to curious or curious animals, and cats are especially susceptible to decorations such as spider webs and silly threads. Make sure your festive decor is pet friendly and eliminate any choking, chewing or fire hazards.
Give your pets a safe place inside. Doorbells, masks, costumes, and trick-or-treater sounds can be frightening to animals. Keep your pet – including your outdoor cat – inside, and give him a quiet, safe place inside the house to relax when the excitement begins. Introduce your pet to this safe space early on, and add background noises like music, a fan, or the TV to get rid of any scary noises.
Pay close attention to your dog’s behavior If he marks along. If you have to take your dog with you while you are outside, keep him on a leash at all times. Make sure he is well socialized and able to handle the excitement.
Make sure you have cards and a chip for your pet Always up to date. Even after all of the above precautions, some animals may get lost after a particularly frightening encounter. Keeping this important information up to date is the best way to help your friend find their way home if they lose it.
“As much as we enjoy celebrating this spooky holiday with our family, friends and neighbors, our pets can be especially vulnerable to this season’s environmental hazards,” explains Placer SPCA CEO Leilani Fratis. “Pet owners’ goals should be to take all necessary steps to minimize these potential risks, keep your pet safe in the home, and ensure a safe and fun Halloween for all.”
The Membrane SPCA It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive funding from the ASPCA or HSUS.