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Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween Safety for Pets

Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

…Tips for Keeping it Fun & Safe 

As a little girl, I dressed up our dog in doll clothes and took him around in my doll stroller.

dog in strollerTurns out I was on to something.  Decades later, canine costumes are highly popular and a big business, especially at Halloween.

Whether you plan to take your best buddy around the neighborhood or greet trick-or-treaters at home, make sure that dressing up Fido is both safe and fun by following these tips from professionals:

Costume Safety

  • The correct fit is important – it should not be constricting.  Avoid impeding the breathing, hearing, sight, movement or in superman costume for HalloweenThe costume should not result in overheating.
  • The costume should be checked for things that may be poisonous or that may choke your dog.
  • A dog should not at any time be left unattended when wearing a costume.
  • Remove rubber bands

Costume Dressing

  • Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your dog’s Halloween costume on.  Start a couple of weeks before.  Use treats to motivate her.  dog in cape and bonnet for HalloweenLet her sniff around the costume, drape it over her for a few seconds; give her a treat and praise. Do this a few times every day leaving it on longer each time
  • Put the costume on her, loosely, and repeat what you have done in the instructions above. A minute or so at first and then gradually take longer increments, combining this with plenty of treats and lots of praise.
  • Most importantly, if she gets stressed and worried and doesn’t like the costume idea, forget it.  A simple pet t-shirt, bandana, or even just a Halloween-themed collar may be a better alternative.

cat in Halloween collar

For your feline friend, a Halloween collar will probably be all the fun he can take!

Whatever your own plans include for Halloween, remember your furry family member on this night, too.

Inside the Home

  • Be careful that your pet doesn’t run out the door while you’re tending to trick-or-treaters.
  • It’s a good idea to have a reflector on your dog; it may save him from being hit by a car if he gets loose.
  • Identification tags are important in case your dog runs out the door.
  • Candy and wrappers will be everywhere on Halloween, but they must be kept away from pets. A chew toy or a canine treat should keep him satisfied so he doesn’t feel left out.

Outside the Home

  • Don’t leave your dog outside on Halloween. Every Halloween, pets dog with cowboy riding as Halloween costumeare stolen, tormented, tortured and injured.
  • Do have your buddy on a leash, and make sure he’s wearing a collar and ID when out with the family.  Also, take a few of his favorite treats or biscuits along so he won’t feel left out of the excitement.
  • Be cautious when walking your dog on Halloween.  You never know what your pet may pick up along the way.
  • Keep your dog away from jack-o-lanterns.  At your own home, place lighted candles and pumpkins where they can’t be knocked over by visiting pets.


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