Safety during Halloween extends to the entire family
including pets. These safety tips from PetSmart
will help ensure pet parents and their pets have a safe and fun
Keep them happy. "Before having pets join in the Halloween fun, it's important to assess whether your pet will be comfortable participating or if the festivities will cause undue stress," says Dr. Simon Starkey, pet care expert at PetSmart. "Pets may be alarmed to find a ghost or witch at the front door, so make sure there's a quiet space away from all the activity in case your pet needs it."
Make sure treats are pet friendly. Many Halloween treats are not pet friendly, especially those containing chocolate. Make sure to choose pet-safe treats to celebrate, such as Greenies Dental Chews, which also keep pets' teeth clean and ensure their breath isn't scary.
Keep them safe. If you plan to walk your dog around the neighborhood in the evening, make sure he's properly outfitted and at ease around strangers and crowds. An adult should always have control of the dog's leash, and reflective leashes, collars or ID tags are essential accessories. Some pet costumes also offer safety features such as the glow-in-the-dark Martha Stewart Pets black Halloween skeleton costume.
Decorations without danger. Halloween decorations can be scary, but should not be dangerous. Pet parents need to make sure curious cats and dogs are unable to reach lights, decorations, candles and other festive items.
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