Treat Pets to a Safe Halloween

By Thursday, October 30, 2014

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in.

Witches, bats and scaredy-cats need not apply. We’re planning a safe, fun and non-frightening Halloween here at Pet Living!

When deciding whether to scare up some Halloween fun for your pet, the most important thing to consider is whether they’re a willing participant in the festivities. And of course, always keep their safety first in mind.

But first, here’s a special treat—our Halloween Pet Parade on the Daytime morning show! Thanks to Hans, Olive, Charlie Brown and James, our willing canine participants!

Now, back to safety! Here are my top 10 Halloween safety tips:

10. Plant perils
Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

9.  Tame the flame
A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

8. A room of her own
All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers – especially when they arrive dressed in unusual outfits and masks – can be scary and stressful for pets.

7. Door darting defense
Prior to Halloween, work on the “stay” or “wait” commands with your dog. This will help ensure that your pup doesn’t dart outside when you open the door for trick-or-treaters. And of course, keep a close eye on kitty, too!

6. Tagg, you’re it!
In addition to your pet’s identification tags and/or a microchip, make sure their Tagg tracker is firmly affixed to his collar. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, you’ll be able to easily trace their movements and bring them home quickly and safely.

This blog post was originally created for Tagg—The Pet Tracker, so be sure to see tips 1-5 here, and consider getting a Tagg for your pet! It’s a great peace-of-mind pet product and you can save 10% with code PETLIVING, just because you’re a fan!).

With just a little planning and preparation, you and your furry friends can have a frighteningly happy Halloween!

Photo courtesy of Brandy Arnold, Olive and The Dogington Post.