The spookiest night of the year is almost here, when trick-or-treaters don costumes and party-goers bob for apples. This sugar-filled holiday is fun for humans, but don't forget about your pet! Keep Fido and Frisky safe and happy during the Halloween festivities by following these simple safety tips:
1. Hide the candy bowl. 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. Even the calmest dogs may be unnerved or frightened by all the noises and scary masks on Halloween. Take the kids trick-or-treating, but leave your pup at home.
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 pet's reach.
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.
For more holiday hazards, visit paws.org. Happy Halloween!