When it comes to Halloween safety, the first thing that comes to mind is the safety of our children. Often we overlook another important family member, our pets! HomeAgain came up with various tips for their October newsletter on how to keep your beloved pets safe this Halloween.
1. Keep the candy for the kids.
Although chocolate is a well known pet-safety hazard, artificial sweeteners and other candy ingredients are also dangerous for your pet. If you want to give your cat or dog Halloween treats, ones from the pet store are just the trick.
2. Watch for escape artists.
On Halloween night, youâ€™ll probably be opening your door for trick-or-treaters every few minutes. Make sure to check that your dog or cat stays inside after each visit.
3. Make sure your pets are clearly tagged.
Itâ€™s easy for an animal to escape on Halloween night, so make certain that your pet is wearing a collar with contact information on it. Brighter colors are easier to see! Donâ€™t have a collar tag?Â Buy one, now!
4. Consider your petâ€™s temperament.
If your animals are frightened of strangers, loud noises, or children, keep them in an area of the house thatâ€™s away from the front door. The sights, colors, and sounds of Halloween can be stressful for even the calmest pets.
5. Keep your pets close to home, particularly the black cats.
Unfortunately, Halloween brings out the dark side of some people who may use the holiday as an excuse to torment or otherwise injure an animal they find lose on the street.
6. Think about the children.
Even if your pets are good with children, not all children are good with pets. It may be a good idea to keep your pets away from a child who could startle them into an aggressive or defensive attack.
7. Avoid costume drama.
Make sure you choose a Halloween costume thatâ€™s safe for pets. Avoid strangulation hazards and parts that affect vision or movement. If your dachshund looks completely miserable dressed up as a hot dog, then let him out as soon as youâ€™ve taken a few photos.
8. Be careful with the decorations.
A Jack Oâ€™Lantern with a candle or glow stick in it may be beautiful for you, but itâ€™s also fascinating for your pet. Reduce the risk of singed whiskers or poisoned bellies by keeping dangerous decorations out of your petsâ€™ reach.
9. Minimize stress while you’re away.
If you plan to go out for a party or other Halloween fun, leave the radio or television on. The noise can mask loud noises your pets hear from the outside festivities.
10. Remember to keep it fun.
Whatever you do, donâ€™t let worrying about pet safety ruin the evening. With a few simple precautions, thereâ€™s no reason why you and your pets canâ€™t have a boo-tiful holiday full of frightful, and pet-safe, fun.
Green HalloweenÂ® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMomÂ® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.