Pet Costumes at Halloween – Being Safe

Taken from the American Humane Society

Pet costumes at Halloween, Christmas and other holidays are one of the latest fads. Who can resist dressing up a pet in those cute little witch capes or reindeer antlers?

Before you give in to this trend, make sure your pet can move freely and won’t stumble over a costume that hangs to the ground.  And never tie anything around the neck of your pet that can choke him or her.  Let your pet be the judge.  If he struggles and is uncomfortable, then maybe it would be best to let your pet stay dressed as itself rather than a ghost.

Before you give in to those gorgeous, pleading eyes and feed your pet that Halloween candy bar, be aware of the harmful and even deadly consequences of feeding “people” food to any companion animal. You may end up transporting your pet to the 24 hour emergency veterinarian office because of your bad decision.

One way to reduce this temptation is to feed your pet before guest arrive, so your pet will be less likely to beg and steal food.  Tell your guests of the house rules regarding your pet, such as not feeding him scraps from the table.  Also, if your guests smoke, be extra vigilant and keep nicotine and alcohol out of your pet’s reach.  These can be highly toxic – even deadly!

Chocolate  especially baking chocolate – can actually kill your dog, so keep all such goodies well out of reach.  Chocolate can affect the nervous system and cause urinary system and heart muscle damage in your pet.

Animals can get stressed with the hustle and bustle of holiday guests and trick-or-treaters.  Therefore, it’s best to simply keep your pets indoors and provide them with a safe, quiet, escape-proof room where they can get away from the energy and excitement.  Remember to provide plenty of food and water, and let your pet catch up on some sleep.

As your holiday visitors come and go, or as trick-or-treaters come to your door, there will be too many opportunities for your pets to slip out unnoticed.  Make sure that your pets always wear current identification tags, consider having your pets microchipped if you haven’t already-and watch the door so that they don’t get out.

Follow these tips, and your pets will have just as much fun as you and your kids this Halloween! 


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