Halloween can be a fun and festive time for the entire family, especially if you follow these tips to keep your pets safe!
- Be careful with trick or treat candies!
All forms of chocolate are dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Sugar-free candies that contain xylitol, a sugar substitute, can also cause serious problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian immediately or call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
- Keep pets confined and away from the door.
With your door constantly opening and closing for trick or treaters dressed in unusual costumes, your pets make get spooked and make a dash for it. Keep pets confined to their own room or place your dog in their crate with a yummy puzzle toy to keep them occupied and reduce stress.
- Only dress your pet in a costume if you know they’ll enjoy it.
Even if you have the cutest idea for your pet’s costume, make sure it’s not dangerous or irritating for your pet to wear. Some animals find costumes and outfits to be uncomfortable and constricting. If your pet is showing signs of stress while in their costume, such as excessive panting, sweaty paws, or simply not moving freely – it’s probably best to forego the costume. Same goes for anything that may restrict eyesight or breathing.
If a full costume isn’t what your pet enjoys, try a festive bandana or collar instead!
- Use caution with candles!
While great for creating a spooky ambiance, candles should be placed well out of the reach of pets. If they get too close, they risk knocking the candle over and starting a fire or burning themselves.
- Wear ID tags
We advise that all pets always wear collars and ID tags, as well as be microchipped. If your pet should get spooked and run away, proper identification means that they are much more likely to get reunited with you quickly. If your pet is microchipped (and if you adopted from Operation Kindness, then they are!), check with the microchip company and make sure your contact information is up to date.
These tips will help keep your entire family safe this holiday and ensure a fun time for everyone. Happy Halloween from everyone at Operation Kindness!