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Pet Safety At Halloween

Monday October 19th 2015

Halloween is a time of year that can be great fun for all the family! However, unfortunately along with the frivolities of the season, there are also dangers for our beloved pets. Make sure the only thing you’re worrying about at Halloween is spooky costumes by following this advice for pet safety at Halloween.

Keep Pets Away From Lit Pumpkins – Carving a scary face into a pumpkin and lighting candles is a fond pastime at Halloween. However, precautions must be followed when pets are around – they should be kept away from any candles as there is danger of fur catching fire from the open flame, or the candle being knocked and starting a fire.

Keep Costume Props Out of Reach – It is great fun dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating, but ensure that props are not left lying in reach of pets who can choke on small objects or ingest potentially harmful substances, such as make-up or fluorescent liquid from glow sticks.

Keep Pets Away From The Front Door – Trick or treaters are a fun part of Halloween but lots of people dressed in scary costumes and the loud noises that accompany can be distressing for your pet. Keeping pets away from the front door ensures your pets safety and the safety of visiting strangers – not to mention preventing a pet from escaping.

Keep Sweets Away From Pets – There are often lots of chocolate and sweets around the home at Halloween but it is essential that these are kept well out of the reach of pets. Chocolate and sweets contain substances that are toxic to many pets, including cats and dogs - so keep them for yourself! If your pet has ingested chocolate or sweets please get in contact with your vet as soon as possible.

Keep Pets Inside – As well as being a potentially distressing time for a pet due to unusual costumes and loud noises, it can also be a dangerous time as they can unfortunately become targets of Halloween “pranks”. Keeping pets inside is very much advisable during Halloween.

ID Your Pet – No matter how hard you try, sometimes an animal finds a way to escape from the home. Having a pet that is properly identified and microchipped will make sure your pet is returned to you as soon as possible.

Dressing Up Pets - Dressing up an unwilling pet can cause unnecessary stress so if you dress up your pet make sure they are happy and not aggravated by the costume. It is important to properly check that it has full mobility, can breath and there are no parts of the costume that may be chewed off and become a choking hazard.

Follow these tips to make sure your Halloween is all treat and no trick!

Author Bio:

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.