Yes, Halloween is approaching…and FAST! I can’t believe it’s almost the middle of Oct. already. Where did the year go?! But I am glad that it’s almost Halloween because it’s my favorite holiday of the year! It can’t get any better than lots of candy, dressing up in silly costumes (and even our dogs too!), pumpkin carving (don’t forget the homemade pumpkin seeds too!) and scaring the wits out of our friends and family! It’s the best!
However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to keep your dogs (and cats too!) safe this holiday, and thanks to Paul Mann, the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care (the largest pet sitting franchise in the United States), here are some great tips he’d like to share with you that are easy to implement this holiday (and honestly, these can be applied to the up-and-coming holidays as well!)!
Five Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween Day
Fetch! Pet Care Helps to Promote Humane Halloween
Halloween may be full of tricks and treats for humans, but the holiday does not hold the same appeal for our pet counterparts. In face, Halloween can be downright frightening time for pets.
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this holiday season:
- Tricks are for kids. While ghouls and goblins provide entertainment, your pet does not understand the person behind the mask as their friend. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit and can easily become frightened, aggressive or agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costumed visitors. So when the trick ‘or’ treaters come knocking at your door, it’s best to keep your furry friend contained indoors in a quiet, comfortable are of your home. Also, make sure all pets are wearing collars and ID tags in case they get spooked and escape your home or yard.
- Candy is not a treat for our pets. Sweets may look appealing to pets, but candy–especially chocolate–can be downright toxic to animals. Keep your candy bowl out of reach from pets and make sure your children sift through their bags at a table where Fido can’t sneak a piece. Candy wrappers can be just as harmful. Instead, purchase a box of your pets’ favorite treats for them to munch on. If you believe your pet has ingested a harmful item, call your veterinarian or the Animal Control Hotline immediately.
- Decorations should shock Trick ‘or’ Treaters — not our pets. Keep all electrical cords and decorations out of reach. One chomp on an electrical cord could have a potentially deadly outcome. Pets can also become tangled and injured by dangling cords or decorations. You can purchase plastic tubing or casing at your local hardware store to provide some level of safety. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach and on stable ground. Your pet could accidentally bump the pumpkin, resulting in fire damage to the home–potentially to your pet.
- Costumes are constraining. Yes, your pet may look adorable as a dinosaur or Cleopatra, but pets can feel constrained and uncomfortable in costumes. Many costumes also have loose accessories that could be hazardous if chewed or swallowed. If you must dress your pet, find a costume that has a few accessories and is loose fitting.
- Extra care for black pets. Don’t let your pet fall victim to Halloween pranks; keep them inside or under supervision during the Halloween season. This is especially important for pets with black fur, since they are a target for pranksters. (All Dog Blog Note: Most Humane Societies do not adopt out black cats and dogs during the entire month of October.)
As an alternative to keep your pets at home this Halloween, Fetch! Pet Care has the ability to provide a safe and quiet overnight boarding, day or evening care environment at one of their 5,000 pet sitter’s homes across the country. As a way to support the cause of pet safety on Halloween and throughout the year at homes and shelters, Fetch! Pet Care will be donating a portion of their Halloween revenues to Best Friends Animal Society, a partner in pet care and safety. For more information on Best Friends, visit http://www.bestfriends.org.
About Paul Mann
Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care, the largest pet sitting franchise in the United States. Founded in 20o2 and with over 1,800 service areas in the United States, Fetch! Pet Care is the pet sitting industry market leader–the new face of pet care in the 21st century. The company offers humane alternative to kennel boarding by providing loving, in-home overnight and/or daily care to any kind of pet in the most professional and reliable manner possible. For more information, go to www.FetchPetCare.com or call 1-866-FETCH-ME.
Thanks, Paul, for sharing these useful and life-saving tips to pet lovers around the world!