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No Scaredy-Cats Here! Stay Safe with Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Is your favorite energetic canine sporting a pet-sized superhero cape this year? And what about your precious feline—is she ready to meow-roar in her new identity as a lion? Even the bravest of pets will need some protection from the occasional hazards of Halloween. Here are several tips for keeping pets safe during this happy (and just-a-little haunted) time of year.

1. If your pet will be wearing a costume this year, test it on him ahead of time. Look for signs of discomfort or constriction. Make sure your pet can move freely, and check that his costume won’t cause him to stumble. Even that brilliant Taco Cat costume isn’t worth it if Whiskers feels miserable.

2. Reconsider a mask—your pet’s adorable face will get plenty of attention on its own! Common sense dictates that a pet should be able to breathe, bark, or meow normally.

3. Avoid pet costumes with small parts that could be chewed off or any accessories that would present a choking hazard.

4. Keep Fido in mind, and opt for LED candles instead of real ones. You can get the same spooky effect with flameless candles, and you won’t have to worry about injury or damage due to a fire.

5. Let your pet play with his own toys, and keep him away from decorations like fake cobwebs, light strands, plastic spiders, and strings.

6. Make sure your pet’s identification tags and microchip information are up to date.

7. Leave candy duty to the adults. Even though you might like to have your furry pal at your side, it’s a good idea to keep your pet away from the front door (especially if there’s a chance he’ll become territorial or frightened and run outdoors).

8. If that sweet face seems to say “trick or treat,” let him have a pet-safe treat, as long as it isn’t out of your loot. Items on the no-list include raisins, chocolate/candy, and treats with artificial sweeteners. (And keep those candy wrappers away too.) Before Fright Night, check out these dangerous foods for dogs at Halloween, compiled by PetMD.

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All About Halloween Pet Safety!

Halloween is creeping ever-closer… If you’ve been running around, buying bags of candy, finding just the right costumes for the little goblins in your house, or simply ushering your home decor into the autumn season, you might have overlooked something. Your four-legged friend! Is he ready for the spookiest night of the year? Never fear! We have a Halloween pet safety recap all ready for you. Click on the links below to read our pet safety tips to make this holiday the best (and safest) one yet!

🎃 General Halloween pet safety tips

🎃 Pet Halloween costume safety

🎃 Halloween decorating hazards for pets

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Halloween Decorations and Pet Safety

Halloween is drawing near, and you might feel like the most prepared pet owner. You’ve updated your pet’s ID tag or microchip, you’ve done a trial run to make sure your pet’s costume fits, and you’re planning to keep your pet away from the front door and any candy. But have you examined your Fright Night decorations?

Keep these Halloween decorations and accessories out of your pet’s reach (or skip them altogether). The following items are potentially dangerous to pets, according to the American Animal Hospital Association, the Humane Society, and PetMD.

Fire or burn hazards:

  • Electric cords
  • Open flames, like those in a candle or lit pumpkin

Choking risks or dangers to the digestive tract:

  • Batteries
  • Candy wrappers
  • Cardboard wall hangings
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Fake cobwebs
  • Glow sticks
  • Plastic spiders
  • Potpourri
  • Ribbons and strings
  • Rubber eyeballs
  • Strung lights

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Halloween Costume Pet Safety Tips

Fright Night is creeping closer! Is your four-legged friend joining the Halloween fun this year? Maybe your sweet-natured Golden Retriever will be transformed into a lion (who loves everyone and scares no one). Or perhaps your cat will stir up some buzz as the world’s cutest bee. Even if your pet doesn’t nab “Best in Show,” no matter; he’s already won your heart. Before the bewitching hours are upon us, be sure to review these Halloween costume pet safety tips.

  1. Preparation is key! Test the costume out on your pet before Halloween so he has time to get used to it.
  2. Comfort, above all: If your pet seems miserable in his Halloween garb, don’t force him to wear it. The Humane Society reminds pet owners to look for signs of discomfort: folded-down ears, eyes rolling back or looking sideways, a tucked tail, and hunching over.
  3. No mask needed: Make sure the Halloween costume does not block your pet’s face or ears. The ASPCA cautions that your pet should be able to see, breathe, bark/meow, and hear as he would normally.
  4. Gotta dance: Check that your pet is able to move freely, and ensure that there are no dangling parts that could cause him to get tangled and trip.
  5. Simple is sometimes best: Avoid costumes with small, chewable parts or accessories that could come off and become a choking hazard.
  6. On the alert: Keep an eye on your furry pal throughout the night, and make sure that he still seems comfortable and safe in his Halloween costume.

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Pet Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

As the calendar days creep toward Halloween, you’re making plans for the most fabulous Fright Night yet. Your favorite furry pal has surely been curious, watching you lug in oversized bags of candy and unearth spooky decorations. This holiday shouldn’t be scary for your pet, though, so take note of these Halloween pet safety tips from PetMD and the ASPCA.

Sweet Enough As Is

Your beloved pet is plenty sweet enough on his own – so keep all Halloween candy away from him. All forms of chocolate, as well as candies with artificial sweeteners, can be dangerous for pets.

Not My Style

Your pet might be a camera darling in her new costume, but her comfort should trump cuteness. Test her costume out on her before Halloween, and forgo the new threads if she seems uncomfortable or distressed. Also make sure that her costume doesn’t restrict movement or breathing. Avoid small adornments that could be chewed off and choked on.

Double, Double, Door Trouble

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, consider keeping your pet in a separate room away from the front door. You don’t want to stress your pet with all the commotion or give him a reason to turn territorial. You’ll also want to keep him from darting outside on what could be a chaotic night for pets.

It’s the Not-So-Great Pumpkin

Those lit jack-o’-lanterns certainly have a pretty glow, but exercise caution if you use candles. Pets could get too close and burn themselves or knock over the pumpkin display. And on the topic of pumpkins, make sure your pet doesn’t ingest them, at the risk of tummy trouble.

The Name Game

With the proper care, this should be a happy Halloween for you and your pet. To be on the safe side, however, make sure your pet has an up-to-date ID tag and/or microchip.

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

How will your pet be celebrating Halloween? Will she be swaddled in a spooky costume, leering through the window at passing trick-or-treaters? Or will he be inching closer to you during a horror movie marathon? Keep some safety tips from Halo Pets in mind, and you can make this holiday more delightful and way less frightful!

1. Candy is the best part of Halloween—for people! Chocolate is poisonous to pets, and although an emergency trip to the vet would certainly be scary, it wouldn’t be fun. Bowls of candy—and decorations, for that matter—should always be kept out of reach. Homemade treats are a healthier way to get your pet in on the festivities!

2. The sight of your cat miserably dragging a Puss in Boots cape along behind him is likely to crush anyone’s Halloween spirit. Don’t dress him up if he seems uncomfortable. Also, be wary of any small costume accents a pet might swallow. Capes, to prevent strangling, should be avoided too. In other words: make it cute, keep it safe!

3. Keep your pet confined behind a pet gate if trick-or-treaters will be frequenting your front door. Picture total strangers with freakish masks entering your home unannounced, accosting your loved ones for candy. Anyone would get a little aggressive! Confining your pet will also prevent her from slipping outdoors while you are distracted.

4. All animals—especially black cats—should be prevented from roaming freely outside during October. A little Halloween mayhem is not uncommon, but some people take it too far and injure animals for fun. Protect them by restricting them to the yard or indoors.

A little precaution goes a long way to ensuring your Halloween is scary for all the right reasons. What will your pet be for Halloween? Do you have any safety tips you had to learn the hard way?

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