Halloween does its very best to frighten us every year– and it does pretty well, between the costumes, gory life-like decoration, and horror films. But have you thought about the effect of these things on your pets. If you were in their paws, everything and everyone towers over you, the exciting new decorations in the house are threatening and strange, and the tasty treats gathered throughout the season are toxic hazards. It’s enough work to keep your chocolate-crazed kids from running wild through the streets– here’s some tips and tricks for keeping the furry family members safe and secure this Halloween.
- Homes open to trick-or-treaters: Give your pet a “safe room”; somewhere tucked away from all of the trick-or-treating frights. Strangers approaching the house, constant knocking and doorbell ringing, and the door constantly opening are all bound to overwhelm and induce some anxiety in your pet. Minimize their anxiety and make sure they don’t have the opportunity to slip out the door.
- Halloween party hosters: Even familiar faces and smells change to pets when covered by a costume or mask. The sweets, the strangers, and the crowd with also overwhelm a pet. Keeping them in a quiet room away from the festivities is best for their health.
- Make sure treats are placed out of reach. Chocolate, gum, and xylitol (used in many candy products) are all toxic to the digestive systems of pets.
- “Keep on hand the number for the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline: 888-426-4435. (The hotline charges a fee of $65 per case.) If you suspect your pet has eaten something that’s bad for her, call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately”.
- Decorations: Think carefully about the decorations around your house. Many seemingly innocent decorations are hazardous to pets. To name a few: rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (possible poisons), fake cobwebs (can choke or entangle pets and wildlife), potpourri (toxic to birds) and strung lights.
Outside the Home
- The best thing you can do for Halloween night: leave the pets at home. The dark, the strangers in frightening costumes, and the confusion of so many people and cars could potentially mean a night which ends with a bite or a lost dog.
- Ensure your pets are secured inside, especially on Halloween night.
- If you do decide to bring out a pet with a costume, be wary of which costume you put them in. If your pet shows any signs of discomfort (backward bent ears, eyes rolling back, tucked tails, and hunching over), take the costume off immediately.
Happy Halloween to you and your scary little ghosts and ghouls! Be safe while trick-or-treating, and we hope that your pet will be able to have a pleasant Halloween this year. Hosting a Halloween party? Give us a call at 714-838-1911 to talk about event insurance.