We have a new dog and we’re excited to celebrate Halloween (and all of the upcoming holidays) with her. Do you have any tips for helping to make sure she stays safe amid all of the excitement?
Hyped up about Halloween in The Heights
Dear Hyped Up,
While it’s all fun, games, and sweet treats for humans, Halloween can be a confusing, frightening, and sometimes dangerous time of year for your pets. Then, after Halloween is all said and done, we continue into the holiday season, with even more candy, treats and visitors coming and going.
Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe, both before and after all the ghosts and goblins have darkened your doorstep and the next round of scary visitors (family–yikes!) arrives for Thanksgiving and the holidays:
Think Through Dressing Your Pet Up
Be sure that your pet’s festive costumes and clothing are simple and comfortable. Choose clothing for your pet that can’t get tangled and pose a choking or tripping hazard. You can’t go wrong with a simple, seasonal bandana, in my humble opinion.
Keep Candy Out of Reach
Keep the candy and sweet treats out of reach. Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to animals but many other sweets can cause intestinal issues. Also consider plastic candy wrappers and how, if ingested, they can cause illness.
Be Prepared for Loud Noises
Be mindful of loud noises. If your pet gets nervous or aggressive when the doorbell rings, an evening of non-stop ringing might just send her over the edge! Consider crating your pet in a quiet room of the house when you’re expecting lots of guests. Additionally, Halloween, Christmas and New Years are often times an excuse for people to set off fireworks, “poppers” or other noise-makers. Please consider your pet’s sensitive ears and take the necessary precautions to keep your pet happy and safe.
Watch For Escapees
With the door opening and shutting over and over again, greeting trick-or-treaters and other festive visitors, it’s also a time when many pets sneak out and run away from home. Also, pets going to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving could slip away and get lost in a strange town. Make certain that your pet has tags with your current contact information and, if you haven’t already, microchipping is also highly recommended for reclaiming lost pets.
The bottom line here is to watch your pup carefully and take action if she seems to be distressed by anything. Keep in mind that what seems fun for you, might not be fun for your pet. You want her to enjoy the merriment every year and not come to dread it.
Keep your black kitties close on Halloween. Unfortunately, black cats are the target of animal abuse on Halloween every year.
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