Halloween does not have to be scary for pets if you follow these nine safety tips:
1. If you have a dog that barks at the sound of the doorbell, disconnect it or wait for trick or treaters at the door so that they do not have to ring or knock.
2. Many dogs don't like to be dressed up because it makes them anxious and uncomfortable.
Try a fancy collar or bandana instead!
3. Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification.
If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
4. Take your dog for a long walk or a trip to the dog park to tire him or her out before the activity starts.
5. Put your dog in a crate or in a room where he feels safe,and turn on classical music or animal-friendly television shows to drown out the noise of the activity at the front door.
6. Give your dog a treat filled Kong or a bone to keep him or her distracted and occupied throughout the night.
7. Keep your cats inside!
Black cats are especially in danger of being stolen because they have long been associated with Halloween and bad luck in our society. In fact, many animal shelters refuse to adopt out black cats during the entire month of October.
8. Keep your pets away from Halloween candy and decorations!
9. Do not walk your dogs when Halloween festivities are scheduled.
Costumes can scare dogs and even normally docile animals can bite in defense of themselves at an unfamiliar "thing" reaching for them even if that thing is your friend the dog knows well.
In addition, your dog may slip out of his collar to escape from the crowd resulting in a stressful time of searching for him, injury, or even death.
Do you have any other safety tips that I missed? Please leave a comment! Pets everywhere will be happy you did!