Halloween is creeping up on us quickly. Which reminds me I still have NO IDEA what I am going to dress up as this year, so if you have any ideas please do not hesitate to email me with your suggestions. I haven’t a clue. with Halloween we also have to remember as exciting as it is for us, our furry family members get really worked up. As a pet owner it’s important to take precautions during Halloween to ensure the safety of your pets. Here are some great tips I wanted to share with you!
My house is a zoo. Literally it is referred to by my friends as the Zazza Zoo. I have 4 dogs; Mac, Ally, Cooper and Belle and 3 cats; Faith and Hill and every year I try to make Halloween as calming as possible for them. Between people knocking on the door, dressed up in crazy costumes and my 20 tubs of Halloween decorations up in full display, they get a little spooked. Christy Howard is the owner of Three Dog Bakery in Southlake and Plano and she is also a Pet Expert with fabulous tips to keep our furry friends safe this and every year.
Pet Safety Tips-
· Keep Halloween candy away from your pet. Chocolate, artificial sweetener and candy wrappers can be very dangerous for your pet. Save all the sweet stuff for ghosts and goblins knocking at your door, but please don’t share with your family pet!
· Keep candles or carved pumpkins with candles inside away from your pets. Curious pets might knock over the candles and cause fires or burn themselves in the flame. Use battery operated fake candles or other pre-lit pumpkins.
· If you decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume doesn’t make your pet uncomfortable or make difficulties for moving or breathing. If your pet seems to really dislike the costume or seems allergic, consider a festive Halloween themed bandana! Also keep in mind it’s still warm, we don’t want our pups overheating.
· Some pets, such as black cats, can become the object of pranks on Halloween. Keep your black cats safely inside your home on and around Halloween.
· Consider putting your pet in a separate room when trick-or-treaters are coming to your house. For some pets, too many strangers in strange costumes can be stressful and scary. Make sure to have a chew toy or treats for them so they don’t think they are being punished.
· If you do keep your pets near the door when trick-or-treaters are coming to the house, be sure to keep your pet away from the door so that they can’t dart outside. Use a baby gate at the front door for added security to ensure fido doesn’t get out
· In case a pet does slip outside, be sure that your pet has proper identification. A microchip or pet tag will help your animal get home safely to you.
If you plan on taking your down out trick or treating with you, make sure to keep them on a short leash and also carry a deterrent to protect yourself and your pet.