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.