Being the sensitive pet guardians I know you are you’ve probably heard it all before, but with Halloween just around the corner we wanted to remind you to take a few extra precautions to keep your furry friends safe. Because nothing sucks the fun out of Halloween like one of your dogs or cats getting into trouble and giving you a real scare!
As the excitement of Halloween night builds three things are super important:
1) It’s always best to keep both cats and dogs away from where the action is happening – the front door. An open door and a spooky costume can lead to a “door dash” and a frantic evening searching for a lost pet. When the ghouls come knocking, most pets prefer the security of a quiet room.
2) If you’re one of those people who loves to decorate their house for Halloween, remember to keep candles, wires, and other decorative materials away from pets who might knock them over, become entangled, or chew it all to bits.
3) Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate everywhere! We all know chocolate is poisonous for dogs but sweeteners like xylitol are also poisonous and found in all sorts of candies. Keep a tight lid on the people treats and if you think one of your pets may have eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your vet. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1 (888) 426.4435 for help and advice.
Of course, there are plenty of fun and seasonal treats you can use to include your pets in the festivities! Some of the great products we’ve been seeing in stores and at events lately include Zukes Mini Naturals “Ghosts” made with turkey and pumpkin, Northern Biscuit’s pumpkin pie treats and The Honest Kitchen’s pumpkin spice latte for dogs. Yup, lattes are becoming a dog thing.
One last tip that goes all year round is to make sure your pet has ID and your contact information is up to date. Reach out to your vet to discuss your identification options.
Paws up to a safe and Happy Halloween!