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A Happy Halloween For Your Pets

Thursday, October 30, 2014

halloween dogsThe Halloween season can be full of family fun.  But from your pet’s point of view, it can also be confusing and sometimes alarming.  Your pets are depending on you to keep them safe and sane during the holiday frenzy. 

Here are some tips to keep Halloween a fun night for everyone:

  • Halloween candy is no treat for pets!  Chocolate is hazardous to many animals, and foil and cellophane candy wrappers can cause serious trouble if swallowed.  Providing pet-friendly treatswill ensure your four-legged friends can get in on the tasty fun.
  • Beware of open flames.  Be selective about where you place lit pumpkins and candles.  One enthusiastic tail wag or curious paw, and you’ll have a burned pet or a fire.
  • If you put a costume on your pet, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying, or unsafe.  Be careful not to obstruct his or her vision.Even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can't see what's going on around them.  Also, listen to your pet – if the costume is too much for him, just take the picture and then give him a break.
  • Give him a safe place as protection from the chaos.  The constant doorbell, knocking and weird visitors can be very stressful.  Your pet will be happier and safer in a room away from that hectic entry area.  He’ll also be safe from potential escape through an open door. Before the witching hour arrives:
    • Isolate pets in one room with toys, water and “dirty laundry” – a shirt or pillowcase that smells like you.
    • Provide background “white noise” in the room by softly playing a radio or TV, or running a fan on low speed. 
    • Provide a cushy place to lounge and interesting activities to keep your pet occupied. 
    • For their safety, don't leave your pets outdoors.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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