Halloween Pet Care

Dogs in ghost costume

This Halloween, and every Halloween, please use some common sense to keep your pets safe and out of harms way. Below are some reminders to help keep your pets away from danger.

If you’ve been browsing my blog then you know I love content featuring photos of our canine friends. Every picture tells a story, right? What better opportunity for dog pictures than with a list of Halloween do’s and don’ts. Halloween 2019 is just a week away.

Trick-or-Treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. 

Contact a Poison Control Center right away, online or by phone, if you suspect a poisoning. Knowing is safer than guessing and quick action could save a life. Help is available online, with the webPOISONCONTROL tool, or by phone at 1-800-222-1222. Both options are free, expert and confidential.  

Don’t leave pets out in the yard.

Keep your pets inside on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. 

Keep pets away from the door.

If your dog is like ours, she is always looking to run through an open door!

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. 

Use glow sticks with caution

Glow sticks can help keep an eye on your dog at night.

While glow sticks can help keep people (and dogs) safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. Thankfully, the liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, so it won’t actually make pets sick,

Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems.

If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or causing a fire.

Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Dogs chew things. Keep holiday decorations out of harms way.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk to pets. 

Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe.

ID Your Pet!

A microchip is a great form of ID but atleast have a tag with your name & phone#

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. 

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