It’s that spooky time of the year again! That’s right, with Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get the candy bars out and keep the pooches in! Here’s a couple ways you can keep your loved ones safe during large scale Halloween events, such as trick or treating. Many of these tips have been approved by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Keep your pooches away from the treats! As dog owners may know especially, chocolate is very toxic for dogs. What you may forget is that it also toxic for cats, so make sure none of your pets get anywhere near chocolate - yes, even your secret stash of white chocolate chips! These products often contain a lethal substance called xylitol, and any dose can be quite dangerous. If you suspect that your pet has been eating any chocolate at all, immediately call your nearest vet and have him or her checked out immediately.
Keep your pet distracted! If your pet seems stressed out by Halloween (especially with strangers coming to the door every ten seconds), then keep them distracted by giving them a fun toy to play with! This should keep your pet from snarling at the door, or keep them from staying hidden underneath your bed. Can’t find any good toys? Le Pet Luxe has a wide variety of chew toys or dog toys to keep your pet preoccupied!
Costume safety! Everyone loves to see your adorable pooch a little tuxedo, but make sure your pet is okay with it too! Don’t force a costume onto your pet; if they don’t like it, then don’t give them additional stress! Your pet shouldn’t be restrained in any way - they should be able to easily breathe and move in their costume, and should not contain any choking hazards. Looking for the perfect costume? Make sure to check out Le Pet Luxe’s wide variety of costumes to find the perfect fit for your loved one!
Make sure decorations are out of reach! As fun as it is to keep brightly lit jack o'lanterns at your front porch, it’s a lot less when your curious pet accidentally knocks one over, creating a fire hazard. Make sure all Halloween decorations are well out of your pet’s reach. Luckily, most edible decorations (such as pumpkins) aren’t nontoxic to your pets, but keep in mind that it may upset their stomach.
Play trick or treat with your pooch! Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean the neighborhood kids are the only ones deserved to be rewarded! Get your pet a treat of their own and celebrate them this spooky season! They’ll love you even more than they already do. Dog treats and cat treats are the way to go!
Follow these simple tips, and you and your pets can have a great Halloween all together! We hope you enjoy your spooky day to the fullest, and have a spooktacular time!