Hi to all pets owner. In today’s post I will talk about Halloween and give you some little tricks to ensure your pets safety during this special event. We will talk about costumes, candy’s, safety in the house perimeter, decoration.
We all know Halloween is so special for us while we are kids but it’s a special event also for our pets in many ways. We will talk about all that in this special pat Halloween safety tips. We all want our pets to have some fun but the most important is the safety aspect.
Dress (up) for success
Nobody knows your pet better than you do. If you think your pet will like (or tolerate) dressing up, be sure to try the costume on a few days prior and get them used to wearing it. Keep in mind that the costume should not be restrictive to your pet’s
movement or senses.
Like with children, make sure breathing is not impeded, and that there are no choking or tripping hazards.
If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go in his “birthday suit.” A festive bandana may be a good compromise.
Pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.
One of the biggest parts of Halloween is answering the door. Again, if you know how your pets react to people coming to the door, plan accordingly. If you have any concerns of your pet reacting protectively or aggressively, then it may be best to find a quiet room as far from the front door as possible for them to relax.
Give them a chance to settle in a little while before the trick-or-treaters begin arriving. Otherwise, just keep in mind that upon
seeing the variety of costumes, any pet could become frightened and react naturally, by running. A pet gate across the front door is a good idea to prevent any escapes –or pursuits.
If you decide to take your pet out with you, make sure you include all proper ID (collars, tags, ID chips) in the event that your pet runs off and becomes lost. However, as many pets may not be accustomed to all the constant stimulation that may occur they may simply appreciate being left home rather than join in on the trick-or-treating.
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. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems.
Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable.
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours.
While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wear proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.
In conclusion always buy the costume for you pets couple time in advance and get them used to wearing the costume before the big night. Give your pets treats while you get them used to wearing a costume is a great way to keep them calm, praise them too, while they wear it’s also a great trick.
Candy’s are for kids not for pets, I will never repeat this enough, never give candy’s to your pets, this can be very harmful for them.
Always keep decoration out of reach of your pets, specially decoration which includes candle or electricity. Our pets are curious and while you don’t watch them they can burn them self or setup a fire.
Always keep an eye on your pets and make them wear something you can easily recognize in case you lose them in a crowded area’s.
On that, I wish you all a great upcoming 2019 Halloween and have lots of fun.
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Thanks for reading me,
Your devoted Kikie xx.
( All pictures included were taking by my mom at
Lilie’s friends – ( Les amis de Lilie )