Halloween Safety Tips for your Furry Friends

Pet Halloween Safety
Great reminders & tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween.

Dress up Pup?

We all know that costumes for our pets are quite popular and absolutely adorable.  However, make sure that the costume is correctly sized and comfortable for Fido.  Avoid any pieces that may fall off and/or can be chewed on.  Small hair bows, clips, and hats can easily be taken off by their lonesome and often are small enough to become dangerous.  Attempt to make your pet familiar with the costume by having them wear it for a period of time before Halloween.  If it is obvious your pet is less than thrilled to be in a costume, it is best to call it quits on dressing up.  Never leave your pet unsupervised while her or she is dressed up for festivities.

Keep your fur-baby inside!

Dogs and (some) cats alike enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors.  Once night falls and trick-or-treaters come out for candy, do not let your pup outside unsupervised.  Between the trick or treaters that may be cutting through backyards and the sidewalks being overrun with excited kiddos, opt to only take pets outside on leash with an adult for the night of the 31st.  We wouldn’t want any pets to be scared or uncomfortable when around some unfamiliar faces.  Always keep a collar and identification tag on your pets in case they do get out without an owner.

The front door: out of sight, out of mind

When it comes to the doorbell and lots of Halloween visitors, it is best to keep pets out of reach from the door where you’re handing out candy.  Put them in a room where they are comfortable and turn on the TV or radio to drown out at least some of the commotion for the few hours of trick-or-treating.  It is best to prevent the dog jumping on trick-or-treaters, or the kitty slipping out the door by having he or she entertained with a treat or toy in their secluded area.

Chocolate Labs can’t eat chocolate

In fact, it isn’t recommended for any dog to eat chocolate.  Do not share chocolate treats with any of your furry friends, and make sure your kiddos understand this too.  These sweet treats children are destined for on Halloween can be toxic to both dogs and cats and should never be in reach of their paws.  Keep candy on a high surface, and cover with a lid to minimize the smell.

Howl-o-ween Décor

It’s part of the fun to deck the house out in spider webs, pumpkins, and ghosts, oh my! But, be wary of decorations that include candles, long power cords, or glow-in-the-dark substances.  Candles and jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween tradition, however, keep them out of reach from wagging tails, sniffing noses, and stretching paws.  Avoid making the night even scarier by securing long power cords to avoid flying items and tripped pets.  Chemicals in glow sticks are poisonous to both humans and animals, so make sure they can’t be chewed on.

Happy Howl-o-ween! Enjoy and stay safe!

Brought to you by Isabelle Allen, iPetsKC team

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Holidays can be a ton of fun, but they can also present quite a few dangers for our furry (and non-furry) friends.

So, we’ve got tips to keep your pets safe and happy this holiday season. Check it out:

4 Holiday Pets Safety Tips

The holidays can be a dangerous time of year for your pets.

Pet safety is important!

So, here are some tips to keep your furry loved ones safe this year.

Keep Your Eye on Food

Food is a huge part of the holidays.

Between baking gifts, hosting holiday parties. and receiving edible gifts from others- this is a yummy time of year.

All these holiday treats can be as tempting for your pets as they are for us. Be sure you keep any harmful foods out of reach.

Signs that your pet may have eaten something they shouldn’t have include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking, depression, lethargy, coordination issues, or tremors.

If your pet is acting funny and you think they’ve ingested something dangerous, Mission Med Vet is a 24/7 emergency vet hospital in KC.

Below is a list of holiday foods poisonous to dogs and cats:

Foods not suitable for pets include; Alcohol, avocado, chocolate (baking and dark chocolate are the most dangerous), caffeine, citrus, coconut, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, dairy, nuts, onions, garlics and chives, raw meat, raw bones or raw eggs, salt, xylitol and yeast dough.

Décor is Dangerous

Holiday decorations and pet safety = sparkly and festive decor becoming a menacing monster in plain sight…waiting to attack your fur babies when your back is turned.

Trees, tinsel, gift wrap, poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, and salt dough ornaments. These are the big hazards for choking, so try to keep them up high.

Christmas trees- Try to keep your pets out of them.

If you have a live tree, be sure to vacuum up any needles that fall so that no one eats them. Keep light cords tucked away.

Tinsel- If you still use tinsel, keep it high. It is bad if ingested. This goes for that tinsel like string popular for gift wrap too.

From personal experience I can tell you, if your cat swallows some, DO NOT pull it out! It can cut and damage their throats and intestines. Cut it close to their mouth if they haven’t had much and call Mission Med Vet immediately.

Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are all poisonous to animals so be sure to put them where your pets cannot get to them. Finally, salt is very bad for dogs. Be sure to keep those handmade salt dough ornaments way high on the tree, or elsewhere because they can be fatal if ingested.

Pet Hotels Can Help 

Whether you are hosting guests or you are the guest, you may want to consider boarding your pets.

With people coming and going from your home during the holidays, it can be easy for a pet to get out. Or, if your dog gets anxious with lots of people around or with a lot of noise.

Sometimes, it can be easier on them to stay the night at a doggy hotel. If you will not be able to get home to them, due to drinking (please don’t drive) consider boarding, or asking a neighbor to check in.

Weather

As the temperature goes down, it gets dangerous for pets to spend too much time outside.

Make sure you don’t leave your dog or their only source of water outdoors. If you don’t have a heated bowl it can freeze.

Leaving your pets, even in the garage is not a good option. Please make a plan for your pets when figuring out your holiday activities.

Pets are a special part of every family.

With a little planning, they can have a happy and safe holiday season with you and the rest of your family.

We at iPetsKC wish you and your pets a very happy holiday!