Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets
While you're worried about your kids running around this Halloween, it's easy to forget about your four legged kids at home, your pets. So here are four safety tips from the ASPCA to help keep them safe this Halloween.
1. Don't let them get into the candy, because chocolate is toxic for dogs. If they eat one bite-size candy bar, they'll probably be fine, because milk chocolate isn't that bad for them. Dark chocolate is more dangerous though, so don't just set the bag down when you get home. Be sure to secure the candy away from inquiring canines.
2. Don't put real candles in your jack-o-lanterns. They're easy to knock over, which can start a fire. If you have dogs or cats, be sure to use fake candles with batteries.
3. Don't make your pets wear a costume. Some dogs don't seem to mind it. But if yours hates it, don't force it on them. And just in case you haven't tried it on your cat, FYI almost all cats hate it.
Also, make sure it's loose enough so they can breathe. And it shouldn't have any dangling parts they could chew off and choke on.
4. If you're staying home, be sure to put your pets in a back bedroom and close the door. Especially during peak trick-or-treating hours, so they don't run outside or worse.
And make sure they're wearing their collar, just in case they do get out. Worst-case scenario, they could snap at or even bite someone. Many dogs are fine with people, but having a hundred strangers come to the door in a single night (in costumes) can be stressful on your pets.