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Halloween Pet Safety

October 29, 2015

Halloween is right around the corner, and with it comes a night filled with fun, candy and costumes. But did you know that this holiday can be more than a little spooky for your pets?

The Humane Society of the United States has a few helpful tips to make sure your furry family members have a safe and happy night.

Keep the treats away

Unfortunately, our pets are as interested in that Halloween candy as we are...and they’ll get pretty creative in their pursuit to get it. Be sure to put the candy dish far out of reach (or jump) of your animals.

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t leave your human children alone with candy when pets are around. It would be way too easy for the pets to charm the candy out of your child’s hand and into their own furry bellies.

If your pet does eat something they shouldn’t, contact the ASPCA poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Decorations are not their friend

While we love to decorate our houses with all kinds of lights and candles and cobwebs (oh my!), our animals are not quite so enthusiastic about the decor. They could choke on the rubber eyeballs, get poisoned from fake blood or tangled up in cotton cobwebs.

It’s important to create a “safe room” for your pets on Halloween night, complete with their bed and nestled away from any trick-or-treaters that will be coming to the door. All the Halloween ruckus can cause a lot of anxiety for animals and stress them out.

Bring them inside

Halloween is not the best night to let your kitty or pup explore the great outdoors, so make sure you bring them inside before nightfall. You’ll also need to make sure that they don’t sneak outside when you’re opening the door to hand out candy to the kiddos in costumes.

If you look out for your pet by following these tips, you'll both have a happy and peaceful night as the mischief stays outside of your home.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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