Halloween is going to the dogs! As you well know by now if you've read any of my previous blogs, I love seeing pets dressed up for Halloween in pet costumes. Of course it's more of the pet owner's idea than it is of the pets, but it's still adorable to see little Fido dressed as Superman! As cute as it is to dress up your dog or cat and parade them around the neighborhood, Halloween can still be a very frightening time for pets. We've all heard of safety tips for your children, but did you know there are safety tips for your pets too? Each year veterinarians nationwide see pet injuries that could have been avoided if only the pet owner would have known how to protect their pet on Halloween night. Here are some ways to help keep your pet safe and stress-free on Halloween:
- Find a secure place in your home to keep your pets, especially if you're giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. Many dogs get loose when the door opens and the presence of little (and big) costumed people often scares them, increasing the chance your dog will run away or get hit by a car.
- Make sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date I.D. collar and tag and/or a microchip.
- Consider crating your pet, which can make him feel more secure and reduce chances of accidental escapes. Give them plenty of chew toys, a favorite blanket or anything that comforts your pet.
- Always keep your pet indoors. In addition to the parade of trick-or-treaters frightening and agitating them, there have been reports of taunting, poisonings, and pet thefts.
- No tricks, no treats. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. It contains Theobromine, which can cause nerve damage and even death in dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is and the smaller the lethal dose. Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous as well as causing choking or intestinal obstruction if swallowed.