It's that time of year—brightly colored leaves litter the ground, spooky decorations and jack-o-lanterns are prominently displayed on front porches, and children adorn costumes for trick-or-treating. Halloween is here, and for us humans it is a fun (and sugar-filled) holiday. But what about our pets?
All Hallows Eve can be more of a trick than a treat for our four-legged friends, so here are a few tips to keep your pets safe, healthy and happy this Halloween:
1. Keep the candy bowl away from your pets. Sugar is never good for animals, but chocolate can be toxic to your pet. Make sure you keep the trick-or-treat candy where your pooch can't sneak a treat!
2. Leave your pet at home. Give trick-or-treating with your pet a miss—even the calmest dogs may be unnerved or frightened by all the noises and scary masks.
3. Be safe with decorations. Hanging objects, and especially loose wires, can be hazardous when pets are present. Keep decorations up high, and keep electric cords out of your pets' reach (and mouth).
4. Careful with the costumes. Your dog may look adorable dressed up as four-legged Superman, but pet costumes can easily cause your pet to feel hot, constricted, and stressed. Instead of a costume, try making your pet festive with a Halloween-themed bandana or collar.
5. Keep your pets indoors. Make sure to bring your dogs and cats inside, especially on Halloween night. The crazy sights and sounds can frighten your animals into running away. Experts also suggest keeping all but the most easygoing, social pets in a back room away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. The heavy traffic and strangers at the door can be stressful and scary for your pet.
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Happy Halloween from all of us at PAWS!