Many people count Halloween among their favorite holidays and celebrate with costume parties, trick-or-treating, and more. While enjoying the holiday this year, it is important to keep some safety tips in mind – especially when it comes to our pets. Given that all of our Prime Companies communities are pet-friendly, we want to provide some tips to keep our furry residents (and your family members) safe on the spookiest night of the year.
1. Keep Candy Out of Sight
Many types of candy, particularly chocolate, are toxic to pets, including both cats and bogs. Sugar free candy can also be toxic as it often contains xylitol, a sugar substitute that can cause serious health issues in pets. Keep all candy out of reach of pets and if they do happen to ingest something harmful, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center immediately.
2. Take Caution With Pet Costumes
While some pets don’t mind having clothes or costumes put on them, for others it can cause undue stress. It’s a good idea to test costumes before Halloween to ensure that pets are not in distress or uncomfortable. The costume should fit well to avoid having it get stuck or twisted around a household object, leading to injury. During this time, it is also advised to check the costume for any small pieces that could easily be chewed off and choked on. Remember, as cute as pets in costumes are, if a pet seems overly upset it is better to forego the costume entirely.
3. Keep Decorations Out of Reach
While decorating for Halloween is lots of fun, keep your pets in mind when displaying those spooky decorations. Excited pets can easily knock over carved and lit jack-o-lanterns so it is best to keep them in an area away from pets, perhaps outside or on a sturdy, out of reach shelf. It is also important to keep wires out of reach to keep them from being chewed on and to keep pets from getting tangled in them.
4. Keep Pets in a Secure Area – For Trick-or-Treaters and Your Pet’s Well-Being
In many neighborhoods, Halloween brings with it a night of kids knocking on the door to collect sweet treats. Having a parade of strangers showing up at the house can be stressful and scary for pets. Unless a pet is very social, it is probably best to keep them in another room, away from trick-or-treaters and open doors. For anyone that does have a social pet that may be accompanying them to answer the door, it is important to ensure that pets are wearing proper identification and are microchipped in the case that they get out of the house.
5. Keep Glowing Jewelry Away from Pets
In recent years, glowing jewelry and glow sticks have become more popular during the Halloween season. They are often used as a way to easily see children who are out trick-or-treating in the dark. While they are a great safety tool for kids, they should be kept away from pets. The liquid inside of glow sticks and glow jewelry can be poisonous/toxic to pets, and at the very least can cause an upset stomach. If a pet ingests a glow stick or glow jewelry, a veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center should be contacted immediately.
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