Who doesn’t love coming up with the perfect Halloween costume and enjoying a fun costume party while providing sweets to all the cute little trick-or-treaters that come calling for candy? You may even find an adorable pet outfit for your furry little pal to adorn and join in the celebration. Halloween is a fun-filled holiday and sharing that fun with your pet is even better. However, there are some Halloween-related dangers that you need to be aware of when your pet is around.
To allow you to celebrate the holiday and enjoy it without the stress that something will happen to your pet, we decided to throw together a helpful list of dangers that you’ll want to make sure are avoided.
Candy is for the Kids, Not Your Pet
We can’t stress this enough. We know, it’s tough. Pets are really good at evoking guilt out of their owners. When they those adorable little eyes straight at your heart, saying no is hard. They’ll give out a cute little bark whimper or meow to try and seal the deal. But as tempting as it is to share human food with your pet, it’s strongly advised that you don’t. Especially candy. All forms of 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. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be play it safe than sorry. If you absolutely can’t help yourself, give your pet boneless meat or vegetables. They can digest these human foods relatively well.
Careful Leaving Your Pets Out at Night
The chances that something happens to your pet while they’re outside during Halloween night is extremely rare. But, occasionally you hear about unfortunate stories. Halloween is a high night of neighborhood traffic, and there are some pranksters that, somehow, think it’s funny and entertaining to tease, injure or steal your pet. Keep an eye on your pets if they’re outside on Halloween and don’t let them stay out too long. In addition to worrying about jerks messing with your pets, your pets may not enjoy having so many people wondering around your yard during trick-or-treating.
For owners with outdoor cats, leave them inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruel incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.
Regardless of the time of the year, it’s always recommended to microchip your pet in the event that they get out. Learn more about the process of microchipping your pet.
Keep Pets Confined and Away From the Door
Somewhat related to our last tip, depending on your pet, having tons of little kids ringing your bell and knocking on your door might bother you animal. If your pet, especially dogs, gets too excited by the visitors, he may feel defensive and bark at or snip at the little costumed visitors you see throughout the night. For the wellbeing of both your animal and the children, it’s best to keep your pets confined somewhere that is far away from the front door. The constant opening and closing of the door may also present a situation where you pet darts through the opening without you noticing. Nothing will spoil your Halloween night more than spending it looking for a runaway cat or dog..
Although they are relatively nontoxic, pumpkins can cause health issues should your pets if they lick or ingest the pumpkins you may have carved and decorated your home with. There can be some nasty intestinal side effects if your pet eats a large quantity of pumpkin. Pets get accustomed to the foods they commonly eat and if they’re introduced to new foods, they’re bodies typically don’t do very well.
Also, be careful about lit jack o’lanterns. Cats and dogs will be drawn to the flame, running the risk that they either get too close and burn themselves or that they may knock over the pumpkin and start a fire. Dressing up as a firefighter for Halloween is awesome. Having to call real fireman to put out a fire that Mr. Kitty accidently started, not so much.
Few things are cuter, or more popular on social media, than your pet wearing a costume. This is never more true than during Halloween, where you’ll find little skeleton suits for your cat and superhero capes for your dog. However, not all of these costumes are manufactured with your pets comfort in mind. Some outfits will go perfect with your pet, but others will being very uncomfortable and cause them irritation all night. There’s a few tips for getting around this.
- Purchase a few different costumes and let your pet pick the best one. You’ll know right away whether or not your pet hates the costume. Try a few out and return the ones your pet doesn’t approve of. Your pet may not love it, but if they can tolerate it for a bit you’re ok.
- If none of the costumes are approved by your furry little friend, then quickly take your much-desired and hugely cute picture and then take the costume off. You don’t want you pet to be in agony all night just because of how cute they look.
Happy Halloween From PetPlace
By observing some of these tips, you and your pets will have an awesome Halloween this year. PetPlace has thousands of articles about pets for you to check out. We have everything from fun pieces on how cats became associated with Halloween to tips and guides to training your dog.
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