It’s October and the countdown begins until Halloween. The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and the stores are filled with isles upon isles of candy. Halloween is all fun and games for children and adults. However, we cannot forget about our furry friends.
Halloween can be a very stressful time for animals. Between all the madness of the constant doorbell ringing, array of costumes, and kids shouting “trick or treat!” Our pets rely on us for protection. It is important for us to take additional steps to keep them out of harm’s way during this time of year.
Please keep in mind the following safety tips:
- You must be vigilante to try to allow all outdoor pets to be well supervised while they are out side or better yet, keep them indoors and safe from neighborhood mischief at night.
- Make certain all pets are wearing correct identification. If for some reason a pet turns out to be lost, you have a better chance of return with collar and ID tag.
- Often times the most social of animals can become “spooked” and want to sneak out the opened door. You may want to think about a pet gate or keeping the animals in another room (away from the front door).
- For skittish animals, the constant doorbell ringing may prove to be too much for their nerves. You may want to check with your veterinarian about a possible calming product. To avoid any/all use of medications. I personally know of people who kennel/board their pet just for the night.
- The candy bowls…..keep away from your animals! It can make them seriously ill. You don’t want your fun night to end at the emergency animal hospital because your dog or cat ate a bowl full of M&M’s.
- Lastly, as the saying goes curiosity killed the cat. There are numerous hazards for our pets during Halloween. For example, a lit Jack-O’-Lantern is very inviting for inquisitive animals. (Remember our beloved storybook character Curious George?!?) At all times keep any/all Halloween decorations away from your pets.
By following these simple guidelines you and your family can have a safe and purr-fect Halloween.
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