* Results not typical. Most pets dislike dressing up!
It’s almost that time of year again – candies, costumes and chaos! Halloween can be fun for the entire family, including the pets, if you take a few safety precautions.
If possible, provide your pet with a quiet, safe place away from the front door during trick or treating. Dogs and cats can become unnerved by the constant stream of strangely dressed strangers to your home.
Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag in the event they attempt the great escape.
Keep candy bowls out of reach of pets to avoid accidental ingestion of chocolate which is toxic to both dogs and cats. Candies containing artificial sweetener like Xylitol, can also be poisonous to dogs.
Lollipop sticks and candy wrappers, if swallowed, can also pose a hazard to your pet.
Beware of jack-o-lanterns that contain candles – a wagging tail can easily knock them over posing a fire hazard. Curious kittens are especially at the risk of burning their nose or paws by the flame. Glowsticks and flashlights are safer choices.
Wires and cords from electrical lights and other Halloween decorations should be kept out of reach from your pets. If chewed, your pet could suffer damage to his mouth, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
If you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially dangerous substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Dressing up your pet can be fun, but if your h/she isn’t receptive to the idea, it’s probably not a good idea. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume properly fits and does not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing or ability to bark/meow.
Make sure you can fit two fingers in between the costume and your pet’s neck.
Masks are never a good idea for pets. They can cut off peripheral vision, making your pet nervous about its surroundings. Even the most well behaved pets can become distressed when they can’t see.
Add reflective tape to your pet’s costume, so if it runs outside, he can easily be spotted.
Halloween is definitely not the night you want to end up in the emergency room but it can happen because it is an unusual night and kids might just test the limits. Read our article on the Hidden Dangers of Halloween.
Several of our InjuryBoard members also have helpful Halloween Safety advice for children and parents. #