The common widely known tips of not giving dogs chocolate and keeping black cats in are not the only safety tips that can be used this Halloween. Here are a list of 10 tips that you can try yourself this October.
1. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag.
It’s easy for a pet to sneak out on Halloween if you are constantly opening and closing the door for trick-or-treaters. Have your pet wear a collar and ID tag so in case your pet does get out they can be easily identified.
2. Keep candles at a higher level than your pet.
Don’t put any pumpkins with burning candles at ground level inside the house. This is so the pet doesn’t accidentally knock it over or burn itself.
3. Keep candy out of reach.
Although keeping chocolate away from dogs is a well known tip other candy can be just as harmful if eaten too much of it. Make sure the pets can’t easily get to any candy.
4. Keep your pet in another room.
If your pet doesn’t do well around strangers it can be best to put them in a crate or closed off in another room away from the front door.
5. Find out how your pet responds to doorbells.
Many trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell constantly throughout the night and some pets can’t handle it. If your pet can not handle the ringing at all try putting a sign on the door saying “knock only please” or even try covering the doorbell so no one can use it.
6. Make sure your pet costume is safe for them.
If you decide to dress your pet up this Halloween make sure their costume is safe. Cut any tags or loose strings off of the costume. Make sure they can’t accidentally choke them self if their costume gets caught on something.
7. Find your outdoor cat a couple days before Halloween and keep them near.
It can be hard to find an outdoor cat if they tend to wander off a lot. Have them stay in the house or garage a couple days before Halloween, on Halloween, and at least the day after Halloween.
8. Have someone be in charge of checking on the pets.
Have a designated person or take shifts on keeping tabs on your pets. Make sure your pets are constantly checked on throughout the night.
9. Give your pet a toy or bone that will keep them busy.
Letting your pet have a toy or bone may ease them and help keep them occupied throughout the night.
10. Show your pet the various decorations and costumes before Halloween.
Try familiarizing all the Halloween items to your pet before the day comes so they don’t get scared of all the various things. This can also be a good time to teach your pet that these items are off limits to them.