Halloween can be dangerous for pets

Halloween can be dangerous for pets
Make sure your pet likes to be dressed in costume.

While the neighborhoods are happily crawling with pint-sized goblins, ghosts, and ghouls, pets may perceive it as scary and dangerous. Even the days before Halloween can bring out pranksters; some no fun for pets.

Here is a brief list detailing Halloween safety tips for pets:

  • Keep pets indoors Halloween evening. It will give them less opportunity to get scared by strange looking costumes. Scared animals generally run, and that could mean getting hit by a car on the road.
  • If your animal is timid, leave him in a separate room so he won't hear the fireworks. Put the television or radio on to hide the noise of the fireworks.
  • Supply your pet with lots of toys to play with to use as a distraction.
  • Disconnect the doorbell during Halloween if your pet is disturbed by the noise.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an identification collar.
  • Don't console your pet with words like " I know; it's okay," or "Poor Aspen." Be happy and put a positive spin in your voice to keep the mood light. Your pets immediately pick up on your mood.
  • Keep candy and chocolate away from pets. If chocolate is accidentally ingested by your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.
  • Don't bring your pet "trick or treating."
  • Don't dress your pet in a costume UNLESS you know how he reacts. Some pets get aggressive because they can't move as well and feel restricted and nervous.
  • Walk your pet during the daylight hours before the ghouls and goblins begin to roam your community.
  • Keep foil, cellophane, wrapping paper, string, ribbons, and lights away from your pet. It is too easy to get into trouble with one of those items.
  • Keep lit jack-o'lanterns aways from curious pets.