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.
Turns 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:
- The correct fit is important – it should not be constricting. Avoid impeding the breathing, hearing, sight, movement or barking.The 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
- 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. Let 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.
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 are 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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