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4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween!

Happy Halloween, animal lovers! As Halloween approaches, It’s always a good idea to go over a few safety rules for our pets. Halloween can be a scary holiday for our furry companions and cause stress. Here are a few tricks to treat your pets this holiday season!

Trick #1

For many, Halloween candy is the most exciting part of the holiday. Who doesn’t love free candy? Even our pets get excited and might sneak a few Snickers while we aren’t looking. These candies can be very toxic and harm cats and dogs. In small quantities, milk chocolate can be safe. If a large amount is consumed, it can be poisonous and cause nausea and diarrhea in most pets. Dark chocolate in any quantity is unsafe and could become fatal. To prevent this from happening to our pets, keep your Halloween candy in a safe area. Make sure it is out of reach and dispose of all wrappers.

Trick #2

Halloween can be a busy holiday for many households. House parties and children trick or treating can leave the door open for extended periods of time. This might give your pets the opportunity to sneak out. Before the festivities begin, it is a good idea to make sure your pet is in a secure place. A portable gate would be an excellent option for an instant barrier if your door needs to be open. Finally, as the night winds down, do a pet check-in to make sure they are home.

*Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with any important (or legally required) tags on it, with current identification. This is also a great time to update your pet’s microchip information if it may be out of date.

Trick #3

It’s always fun seeing everyone dressed up on Halloween, even your pet! Costumes get more creative every year, and while your friends might think your spooky costume is awesome, your pet might think otherwise. This holiday it’s a good idea to be mindful of what costumes your pets are exposed to. Scary costumes can cause pets stress and to act abnormally.

Trick #4

Holidays can be chaotic and make many pets anxious. Large groups of costumed people, and people coming and going, can cause stress and anxiety in pets. Do not allow fearful or anxious pets to be in a situation that may cause them to bite. Keep your pet calm and safe in a secured, quiet room inside your home.

Happy Halloween! Be safe and enjoy the festivities.

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