And it’s not just the indignity of those ridiculous costumes. Here is a list of the top 5 Halloween safety risks for dogs and cats.
- Halloween treats with chocolate or xylitol (a common sweetener) can poison your pet
- When trick-or-treaters flood your porch, your dog or cat may panic and escape out the door.
- Electrical décor and wires and can invite chewing and turn deadly. Pets can also get tangled up in the cords causing injury.
- Wrappers, strings, and foil in your pet’s tummy can cause illness or blockages.
- More than any other time of year, cats (and dogs) are targets of pranks and abuse.
Keep your pet inside and away from the ghosts and goblins. Even the most kid-friendly pets can be overwhelmed and scared, leading them to growl, snap, or bolt.
Make sure your pet has proper identification. Microchips are recommended along with ID tags.
Not all pets tolerate a costume. If you still want your pet to sport a seasonal costume, make sure it doesn’t interfere with his vision, movement, or going to the bathroom. Try it on him a time or two before the big day, and if he struggles and shows distressed behavior, consider just a festive bandana.
Article contributed by Pet FBI volunteer, Linda Blaine.