Halloween Safety Tips for Pets


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Courtesy of Rubie's Pet Shop Boutique

 

The spookiest day of the year is almost here—a day when there’s not just frights around every corner, but also dangers lurking for pets. Luckily, with a bit of preparation and foresight, pet owners can keep their fur babies safe.

 

For retailers, the holiday presents a great opportunity to be a resource with both helpful tips, as well as seasonal products. Here are a few safety tips to pass along to your customers before October 31st.

 

1. Secure Halloween Candy

Ensure Halloween treats only go out to trick-or-treaters, not pets. Many candies contain chocolate or xylitol (a sugar substitute), both of which are toxic to cats and dogs. So, keep a close eye on the candy bowl and talk to your children about not sharing their sweets with animals.

 

2. Keep Decorations Out of Reach

Jack-o-lanterns, string lights and candles are all festive, but they’re also potentially dangerous. Pets can chew on wires or knock over open flames, so make sure they’re kept away from curious pups or felines.

 

3. Avoid Undue Stress From Visitors

The constant ringing of the doorbell and choruses of “trick or treat!” can be overwhelming and scary for pets. Give them a safe space away from the hubbub in a separate room with a few comforting items, such as a favorite toy or blanket.

 

4. Ensure Pets Have the Proper ID

With the door opening and closing constantly to give out candy, it can be easy for pets to slip outside. Be sure to they’re always wearing proper identification, such as a collar with ID tags or a microchip to facilitate their safe return.

 

5. Check the Fit of Costumes

Halloween costumes for pets are more popular than ever. However, not all cats and dogs love getting dressed up. Monitor their behavior and never make them wear something that causes stress. Also, pay close attention to the fit—it shouldn’t restrict their movement or limit sight.

 

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