Halloween SafetyPublished October 27, 2008
It’s that time of year again. The time when ghosties and ghoulies and things that go BUMP! in the night drive our fur-kids nuts.
Do you dress up your pets in costumes? Dogs tend to be more accepting of the practice. There are some wonderfully imaginative outfits available for canines. Cats aren’t nearly as forgiving. Even if you’re able to catch and deck out Sheba, she’s liable to thank you later by leaving a hairball in your shoe.
Some safety tips apply to all pet situations. Remember that trick-or-treaters likely will be strangers to your pets. Even if a neighbor child shows up, that mask and cape could be scary and make him unrecognizable. Heck, just putting on a hat can make some dogs bark with fear at a beloved owner! It’s best to confine indoor pets in a safe room away from the doorbell and opening/closing of the door. Otherwise, they could dash out and be lost.
Outdoor pets probably do better if confined in a garage, to avoid the possibility of getting out of a fenced yard. There’s also the possibility of bad-guy “goblins” doing mean or clueless tricks on pets.
Keep candy out of reach. Cats don’t have a sweet tooth but dogs get themselves into all sorts of trouble if they overindulge.
For more Halloween safety tips, check out this Pet Talk segment:
You can also read the article 13 Halloween Safety Tips for more!
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