Halloween is approaching, which is a fun time for us, but can pose some risks to our pets. To make sure this holiday is fun for the whole family, including our four legged friends, make sure to follow these tips.
Exercise them early in the day
This is especially important in preparation for a holiday where people are going to be constantly coming to your door. If your pup is extremely active, make sure that they expend some of that built up energy by going to run around at the park, an extra-long walk, or even some sort of indoor exercise.
Update your pet’s microchip
With people coming to the door, maybe you are running in and out, this could leave ample opportunity for your pet to slip right out among the chaos! Make sure that their microchip is up to date with all the accurate information such as your address and point of contact so that if they do escape, it is easy for them to get home.
Think of an engaging enrichment activity
Keeping your pet mentally stimulated while everything else is going on allows them to stay busy. If they are focused on something that is keeping their mind active, they wont be as encourage to check out what ids going on outside!
Keep them away from the door, as much as possible.
Pups can get spooked by the many frightening costumes that may wander up to your porch. Keep them as far from the door as you can to avoid spooking them and the risk of them snapping at someone dressed up.
Pick up decorations
Decorations are fun, when they aren’t harmful to our pets. Make sure to keep fun decorations out of reach of your pet, especially things like glow sticks that can be poisonous if ingested.
Keep the candy stored!
After a fun night of trick-or-treating and counting up your candy from the night, make sure to put it away. A cabinet that is not in any reach of your pets is the safest bet for them not to decide to snack on it later. Remember, xylitol (a main ingredient in chocolate) is dangerous for them to eat.
By following these simple but effective tips, you can keep your pet safe this Halloween. If you are looking for an enrichment activity to keep them occupied, please check out our blog posts on dog and cat enrichment.