Goblins and Broomsticks: Halloween Pet Safety Do’s and Don’t’s
Fall is a wonderful time to re-visit the lessons we all learned at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but instead of fictional wizards and witches, you may have to prepare for live ones ringing your doorbell and shrieking down the block.
While Halloween provides countless opportunities for fun, frivolity, and a good scare or two, your pet may have other ideas. While it is possible that he or she may seek out the crowds and noise, it’s more likely that he or she finds hiding beneath your flannel sheets more appealing.
Whatever your pet’s preference, we offer these solid Halloween pet safety tips sure to keep everyone safe this year.
That giant animatronic spider on your roof probably has a power cord (or two) connected to an outlet. Great to scare the kiddos—potentially catastrophic for your pet—popular and spooky displays should be used with caution. Besides inherent electrocution risks, your pet could get entangled in cords, webbing, netting, or decorative banners.
Likewise, that jack-o’lantern you labored over is not only a fire hazard should your over-excited knock it over, but can cause burns from hot waxy candles. Halloween pet safety involves keeping a close eye on your pet so he or she never ingests decor, or indulges in too much raw pumpkin.
It’s a grand idea to exercise your pet prior to the evening’s festivities to let out any nervous energy. Once fed, watered, and groomed, help your pet settle down in his or her crate, or in a part of the home away from the door.
We strongly advise that you make sure your pet is indoors from late afternoon to evening. Check your pet’s identifications tags, and make any necessary changes to his or her microchip. Following this Halloween pet safety tip will hopefully prevent separation from your pet, as searching for him or her on Halloween is not ideal. Remember, boarding your pet with us is always a great option.
If you do take your pet trick-or-treating, have him or her leashed the entire time and dressed in something reflective. You’ll also want to look for any cues that it’s time to head home.
Many pets accept costumes, provided it’s not restrictive of movement, breathing, vision, or hearing. There’s certainly no shortage to choose from, but be on the lookout for any pieces that could become loose and a danger to your pet. Things like bows or bells could quickly enter your pet’s mouth, leading to painful obstruction and necessary emergency care.
Check on your pet’s water intake, monitor bathroom breaks, and feel if your pet is getting too hot inside the costume. Hopefully, he or she keeps it on for at least one photo!
Most of us would like to scoop up candy, but it should always be off-limits for your pet. Your bowl by the front door is a prime target; keep it out of reach. Remind your family members that candy is dangerous for pets, and store any uneaten pieces in a cupboard high off the floor.
Beware of candy wrappers, as they are responsible for choking or intestinal blockages. All forms of chocolate are toxic to your dog, and any candy made with Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, must be restricted. Raisins are also a no-no for your pets. If you believe you’re dealing with a pet poisoning, call us immediately.
The pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center extend our best wishes for a happy—and safe—Halloween. If you have any questions about our Halloween pet safety do’s and don’t’s, we’d love to hear from you!