Halloween Safety For Pets
By Marilyn Pokorney
Halloween is a fun evening for everyone to enjoy. But it
can be a dangerous time for pets. Make sure your pets enjoy
the holiday but remain safe.
Give dogs treats but make them a special doggie treat.
Chocolate candy can be deadly for dogs. Overeating of any
kind of other sweets, such as cookies etc., can also make
Keep Halloween decorations away from pets. They may swallow
small ones, and shiny tinsel, aluminum or tin foil, lollipop
sticks, fabrics, beads etc. can all get lodged in the dogs
digestive system requiring a fast trip to the veterinary
Keep your dog inside where it can safely watch all the
festivities but keep them safe from quickly slipping
outside. Pranksters could make your pet a victim.
Keep cats inside. Especially black ones. Many black cats
are lost around the Halloween season and are never found.
Keep your pet away from candles and Jack O'lanterns. The
pet may get burned and or start a fire as well by tipping
Make sure the name and address tags are on your pet and are
up to date just in case your pet gets loose.
If it best not to take pets trick or treating but if you
positively must take your pet trick or treating, keep them
on a short leash, preferably a harness type, and tied to
you, so they cannot easily slip off. Loud and unfamiliar
noises can scare most pets.
Make sure your pets costume is comfortable so the pet can
walk and see clearly.
If your pet is easily scared by all the noise, strange
costumes, excessive doorbell rings, etc., the best thing to
do is put them in a room in the back area of the house where
they will feel safe. Keep a TV or radio turned on low to
help muffle all the scary sounds. And check your pet often
to reassure them that all is well.
For more information on holiday costumes for you and your
Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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