As Halloween is approaching, it is important to ensure that you take the steps to keep your pets safe. Halloween is a common time for accidents to happen with your pets. Because of this, it is important to understand the various steps that you can take to keep your pets safe on Halloween. One important thing to note is that if you think that your pet has ingested chocolate or another toxic substance, you should ensure that you take them in to us immediately for the appropriate treatment. Here are a few ways that you can help to keep your pets safe on Halloween.
Choose Costumes with Care
Many people think that it is fun to dress their pets up on Halloween. If you decide to do so, it will be extremely important to use caution when you decide on the costume that you use. For one thing, you should ensure that they are used to the costume prior to Halloween. You shouldn’t dress them up and then take them out trick or treating when they aren’t used to the costume. This can cause them to be much more anxious and uncomfortable throughout the night. In addition, you will want to ensure that you choose a simple costume for your pet. A costume that has particularly complex ties or components can lead to an injury and can even result in strangulation. A simple costume is extremely important in reducing the likelihood of issues.
If your pet is anxious around people, it can be useful to ensure that you keep them in an enclosed space on Halloween. For example, you should consider putting them in a back room or erecting a baby gate to keep them confined. This can help to prevent incidents from occurring when your pets become anxious as more people keep coming to the door. This can also prevent them from accidentally escaping from your property, such as running out when the door is open for trick or treaters. By taking this step, you can reduce many substantial problems.
Be Careful About Food
Many of the foods that are associated with Halloween are incredibly dangerous for your pets. Ensure that you keep all of the Halloween candy out of reach of your pets. Most people are aware that chocolate is incredibly toxic for dogs, so you should ensure that they are unable to access any of the chocolate. In addition, xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is often found in other candies. Xylitol is also incredibly dangerous for your pets, so it is important to keep all of the candy away from your pet, not just the chocolate. Plastic wrapping that often covers candy can lead to blockages and damage for the health of your pets. Keeping Halloween treats away from your pets is incredibly important to keep your pets safe on Halloween.
Keep your Pets Inside
It is extremely important to ensure that you keep your pets inside on Halloween, unless you are taking your dog trick or treating with you. If this is the case, you need to ensure that you keep your dog on a leash. The excess of people walking around can your dog to become disoriented and lost. Halloween is a common time for malicious sources to target your pets, whether they are simply vandals or more extensive individuals. For example, black cats often go missing on Halloween. Keep your pets inside or go outside with them when they use the bathroom. This can help to keep them safe on Halloween.
Don’t Leave in Car
As the temperatures begin to drop, you may think it is safe to leave your pet in the car on Halloween. However, there is an extreme increase in the number of people that will be walking past. This can be a particularly frightening experience for your pet. They may get anxious and can even injure themselves inside of the vehicle. If you don’t take your dog with you while you are trick or treating, you need to leave them at home, not in the car.
Pay special attention to the decorations around your home when you have pets. Sometimes decorations can cause injury to your pets. It is especially important to be aware of candles. Put the candles in high up places, where they can’t accidentally be knocked over by pets. When a pet knocks over a candle, they could easily become burnt or even start a fire. Try to carefully plan your decorations in order to put them in places where they won’t necessarily lead to damage or injuries. This can go a long way toward reducing possible issues.
Ensure they are Identifiable
While it is important to keep an eye on your pet during Halloween, it is still possible that your pet can become lost. Because of this, you will need to ensure that your pet is easily identifiable. Make sure that they have current ID tags and are wearing collars that have your contact information on them. You may also want to have your pet microchipped before Halloween, so that they can be identified if they end up being lost. These steps can go a long way toward protecting your pet and ensuring that they can be found if they run away on Halloween.
Keeping your pets safe on Halloween is extremely important in protecting them. Not only does Halloween often involve many visitors to your home, but it is also a night where people are more likely to target your pets. When you follow all of these steps, you can often protect your pets and ensure that they are safe over Halloween. If you experience an emergency on Halloween, you should contact us for emergency services. To learn more about the best ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween, you should contact us at Borrett Animal Hospital today!