Tricks for Making Halloween a Treat for your Pets – October 1, 2011

October 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Tricks for Making Halloween a Treat for your Pets

According to the Halloween Industry Association there has been an increase in the number of pets participating in Halloween activities. More families are taking their pets trick-or-treating as well as dressing them in Halloween costumes”, explains Marc P Beige chairman of the Halloween Industry Association.

“With proper safety precautions, pet parents can have fun with their pets this coming Halloween,” continues John D.’Ariano, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

NAPPS has prepared helpful tips for pet parents to ensure that pets have an enjoyable time and are free from harm:

Do not let your pet eat chocolate or candies. Treats containing the artificial sweetener xylitol, are poisonous to dogs and cats. Make sure that children know of these dangers and keep their candy out of the pet’s reach.

If your pet shows signs of being poisoned, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 1-800-213-6680 with any questions or concerns.

Properly dispose of candy wrappers after use, as the tin foil, plastic components and cellophane can pose a chocking hazard for pets.

Continual knocking at the door and doorbell ringing can cause a pet to become agitated and anxious. This could result in unpleasant stress-related symptoms or could cause the pet to potentially injure themselves if constrained in a crate or other enclosed object. Make sure to keep your pet in a quiet and safe place on the holiday.

Keep Halloween decorations out of the reach of pets. Electric lights, wires and cords could damage your pet’s mouth or give your pet a life-threatening electrical shock.

Jack-O-Lanterns are festive, but keep them away from pets when the pumpkin is lit with a candle. Pets can easily knock them over and cause a fire.

If you decide to dress your pet in a costume, make sure your pet is comfortable and safe. Costumes should not limit movement, breathing or hearing, and should not contain anything that could easily be chewed off or caught on other objects.

Proper identification tags are important in case your pet escapes during the evening.

“Halloween can be full of pleasant memories when pet safety if considered,” explained NAPPS President John D’Ariano. “With proper precautions, the entire family-pets included-can enjoy an evening of fun.”

Hope you find the above information help and hope you have a fun and memorable October and Halloween.

Just a reminder that the Holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner, please book our Pet Sitting Services early, in order to guarantee that we will be able to take care of your pets and you can have a holiday with worry.

Joan, Jill and Ashley

Entry filed under: Monthly Newsletter.

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