Halloween is a time for getting dressed up, going to parties, and giving out candy. You might think that your furry friends will be safe home by the fire all day, but that’s not always the case. Here are a few tips for keeping your pet safe during Halloween.
Make Sure Your Pets Don’t Eat Any Candy
Dogs and cats can be poisoned by chocolate. If they eat enough of it, they can develop seizures or even die. In addition, the candy wrappers themselves pose a threat to your pet. If that wasn’t bad enough, the artificial sweetener xylitol could wreak all kinds of havoc on your pet’s blood sugar levels.
Make Sure Your Decorations Are Pet Friendly
Your front yard can be very dangerous for your pet this Halloween. Like skeletons, spiders, and even witches, scary yard decorations can put your pet at risk. Not only can the decorations harm your pet, but the wires and other things pose risks.
Keep Pets Away From Your Jack-O-Lantern
Pets and fire: they don’t mix. The candle’s flame can burn your pet and even cause an injury, and while some people think this is funny, you don’t want to get caught up in that kind of trouble.
Be Careful When Choosing a Halloween Costume for Your Pet
You might think a costume is a great idea, but it could be something that could harm your pet. Like ones made up of chicken feathers, some pet costumes have been known to cause choking in some dogs. So keep an eye out for any costumes that pose a risk to your pets.
Keep Your Pets Away From Trick or Treaters
Pets can be frightened by these types of visitors. They can act unpredictably when scared, and they may feel the need to protect you, whether you like it or not. So keep your pets indoors this Halloween to ensure their safety and yours.
You also want to make sure they’re in a room that’s quiet where they won’t hear what’s going on outside. With all the commotion outside, they’re likely to get scared.
If you have a lot of trick or treaters, you want to make sure they don’t come inside your house. You can do this by getting a doormat with “Visitors Please Knock” on it.
Make Sure Your Pet Has the Proper ID to Prevent It From Getting Lost if It Runs Away
If your pet does run away, you don’t want it to get lost. Make sure your pet has an ID with contact information on it. The best kind of ID is one that uses a microchip. These chips can help you find your pet and make it easier to return them home.
Be Especially Careful if You Have a Black Cat Because Someone Might Steal It
Black cats are often victims of abuse and neglect. Why? Because the superstition says that if you own a black cat, you’re going to have bad luck. There’s another superstition as well: if someone steals your black cat, you’re going to have good luck.
People do steal black cats during Halloween, and it’s something that you have to be aware of. You can’t let your cat out or leave it in any area that’s close to the street because it will be stolen.