Halloween Pet Safety Tips (Keep Pets Safe!)

Halloween is around the corner, so check out these Halloween pet safety tips for your furry family…

It’s important to keep your pets safe this spooky season!

Halloween Pet Safety Tips - How to Keep Pets Safe this Halloween

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Pet Halloween Costumes?

We all know that pet Halloween costumes are quite popular and absolutely adorable.  However, there are things to consider when dressing up your pet this spooky season.

Make sure that the costume is correctly sized and comfortable for Fido.

Avoid any pieces that may fall off and/or can be chewed on.  Small hair bows, clips, and hats can easily be taken off by their lonesome and often are small enough to become dangerous.

Have your pet wear the costume for a period of time before Halloween, so they can become familiar with the costume beforehand.  If it is obvious your pet is less than thrilled to be in a costume, it is best to call it quits on dressing up.

Never leave your pet unsupervised while her or she is dressed up for festivities. It can be dangerous to leave them alone when costumes have small pieces they can choke on.

Keep your fur-baby inside

Dogs and (some) cats alike enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors.  However, once night falls and trick-or-treaters come out for candy, do not let your pup outside unsupervised.

Between the trick or treaters that may be cutting through backyards and the sidewalks being overrun with excited kiddos, only take pets outside on leash with an adult for the night of the 31st.

Some pets can be scared or uncomfortable when around some unfamiliar faces and commotion happening throughout the neighborhood.

Also, always be sure to keep a collar and identification tag on your pets in case they do get out without an owner.

Out of sight, out of mind

When it comes to the doorbell and lots of Halloween visitors, it is best to keep pets out of reach from the door where you’re handing out candy.

Put them in a room where they are comfortable and turn on the TV or radio to drown out at least some of the commotion for the few hours of trick-or-treating.  It is best to prevent the dog jumping on trick-or-treaters, or the kitty slipping out the door by having he or she entertained with a treat or toy in their secluded area.

Chocolate Labs can’t eat chocolate

In fact, it isn’t recommended for any dog to eat chocolate.

Do not share chocolate treats with any of your furry friends, and make sure your kiddos understand this too.  These sweet treats children are destined for on Halloween can be toxic to both dogs and cats and should never be in reach of their paws.

You can also avoid your pets accidentally getting into candy by keeping it on a high surface, and cover with a lid to minimize the smell.

Pet-Safe Decorations

It’s part of the fun to deck the house out in spider webs, pumpkins, and ghosts, oh my! But, be wary of decorations that include candles, long power cords, or glow-in-the-dark substances. Animals are curious, so assume they will get into whatever Halloween decorations you put out.

Candles and jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween tradition, however, keep them out of reach from wagging tails, sniffing noses, and stretching paws.

Avoid making the night even scarier by securing long power cords to avoid flying items and tripped pets.

Lastly, chemicals in glow sticks are poisonous to both humans and animals, so make sure they can’t be chewed on. Best to keep them up high.

No matter how you choose to spend your Halloween, be sure to keep your pets safe with these safety tips & tricks.

We hope you have a happy Howl-o-ween! Enjoy and stay safe!

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From our furry fam to yours, iPetsKC

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