Here are the top 10 safety tips for your pet on Halloween this year. We hope you and your furry friend have a spooktacular time!
- Those treats you get on Halloween are for you and NOT your pet. If you are feeling a little guilty about not sharing your stash of goodies with them, try baking some special treats formulated just for pets! (see our previous blog post).
- Be sure that your pets are safe in your house when trick-or-treaters stop by. This could mean putting up a pet/baby gate at the door to make sure they don’t dart out when you open the door for those little ghosts and witches, or even confining them to a room. Also, be sure to not leave your pet unattended outside when you leave the house. There will be lots of people out and about and you don’t want anyone to antagonize or give unwanted treats to your pet.
- This may sound like a weird one, but keep your outdoor cats inside for a few days before and after Halloween. This will prevent people from stealing them, especially black cats which can be targeted during this holiday.
- Keep Halloween decorations and plants out of reach, even your pumpkins. We don’t want your pets eating things they shouldn’t and then suffering from an upset stomach or even a blockage from eating your festive decorations.
- We know how hard you worked carving those pumpkins, but be sure to keep them away from pets when they are lit up. We don’t want any fires or burns!
- Electrical cords can be a hazard. Make sure they are in a safe spot where your pet cannot get to them and create their own electrifying chew toy!
- As much as we humans like to dress up in costumes, your furry friend may not feel the same way. We know how adorable they will look, but if they start acting distressed it may be better to let them celebrate the holiday in their “birthday suit” or with a festive bandana!
- If they do love to dress up, like Kyla below, make sure that the costume is not unsafe or uncomfortable. The costume should allow your pet to move freely, hear what’s going on around then and see their surroundings. Your furry friend should also be able to breathe, bark or meow comfortably.
- Make sure your pet is wearing identification. This could be as simple as a collar with a tag or having them microchipped, in the event that they accidentally slip out into the night. A microchip is a quick and easy way to make sure your pet has a permanent form of identification for life. Also, this is a good time to check and make sure that your address and contact information is accurate for your pets microchip.
- If you take your fur baby out trick-or-treating, make sure that they are wearing reflective garments and that you have a flashlight so that everyone can easily see you and your pet!
Last, but not least, don’t forget to have FUN! All of us at Northwood hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! 🙂