Halloween Pet Safety Tips for Furry Four-legged Tricksters
As you, your ghosts, goblins and gangs of Katy Perry's all head out for Halloween festivities this weekend, we here at the Daily Treat command center feel it our civic duty to share with you these important safety tips to prevent you from ending up in some bad YouTube video. For other fun Halloween pet costume and party planning ideas, check out Animal Planet's Halloween Party Guide for all things Spook-tacular!
1) Costume Common Sense
If you do decide to dress your pet, make sure the costume doesn't restrain your pet in any way and that your pet's vision is not impaired. Don’t force the issue: If Rover doesn't want to dress up as Justin Bieber then Rover shouldn't have to dress up as Justin Bieber. (Or maybe he'd prefer to be Brett Michaels instead?)
2) Be On Candy Patrol
As much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candy, always remember that chocolate is DEADLY to them in any amount. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs. Symptoms can include vomiting or diarrhea. That said, be sure not to keep that bowl of Halloween candy for trick or treaters anywhere within your pets reach, as it may be too tempting for pets to resist.
If your pet does eat chocolate, immediately call your vet or the Poison Control 1-800-222-1222. Post this number by your phone or on your refrigerator so it can be easily located in an emergency.
3) Decoration Patrol: "Pretty decorations...me want eat decorations..."
Other possible hazards include decorations that could be ingested, such as fake spiderwebs, as well as electric lights and jack-o-lantern candles.
4) Scary People Patrol: "Scary lady in Lady Gaga get-up is scaring the poop out of me!"
Pets may also be spooked by people wearing costumes, and may try to escape or become aggressive. So be sure they are wearing their collar and pet identification tags or consider tucking them into their bed early in an enclosed room so they cannot run out the front door!
Did I forget anything? Share your ideas in the comments below and Happy Halloween!