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Halloween Pet Safety Tips for Pet Owners

By: Alyssa Little

Halloween is just around the corner and keeping your pet happy and healthy during the spooky season is a priority for many pet owners. Whether you plan to trick-or-treat with your furry friends or simply hand out treats, we’ve got some essential Halloween pet safety tips.

The unexpected can occur at any time with your pets, so it’s best for the family to be prepared during the month of October. We sat down with Trupanion veterinary technician Aubrey Halvorsen to learn more about Halloween pet safety tips for the well-being of your best friend.

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Halloween pet safety tips for your furry friends

Trick-or-treating with pets

Pets are part of the family. Because of this, you may want your furry friend to join in on the festivities. There are some things to consider when taking your pets trick-or-treating. For example, some pet owners opt to trick-or-treat in metropolitan areas, as well as suburban areas. Understanding how these environments can affect your pet is responsible pet ownership.

“Are your pets okay with children, unexpected sounds, large crowds of people? Trick-or-treat paths through business districts tend to see larger groups of people due to popularity. Are your dogs spooked or triggered by things like Halloween decorations, noises, or costumes? If your dog loves people and is not fazed by new or loud things, then they may really enjoy the walk,” states Halvorsen.

Exposure to new environments, smells, and people is important for the socialization and well-being of your pet. Naturally, you don’t want to over-stimulate and overwhelm your pet, so consider slowly introducing your furry friend to a new situation or environment over time, rather than springing Halloween in all its spooky glory on your pet at once. And always make sure to have a harness and a leash on your pet at all times.

Environmental hazards on the trick-or-treat trail

As a pet owner, you not only have to be concerned with costumes, crowds, and noises, but also other hazards. For example, candy is a primary concern for veterinarians and owners alike. Halvorsen advises that pet owners be mindful of other dogs and kids running around. “Kids may drop candy along their route, which may be hazardous to your dog. Having your dog wear a reflective vest or light on their collar can help other trick-or-treaters and cars spot them easily,” points out Halvorsen.

Alternatively, consider your night out and plan for the unexpected. You want to ensure you and your pet can navigate the area safely. Pack pet supplies that you might need like a water bowl, first aid kit, doggy bags, and reflective clothing.

Trick-or-treaters at your home

If you opt to stay in for the evening, there may still be hazards for your furry friend. Just because your pet loves everyone, doesn’t mean that others might feel the same way!

Halvorsen weighs in on Halloween pet safety tips to consider:

  • Even if your dog is great with kids, some kids might have anxiety around dogs.
  • If you can, keep your dog in a separate area of the house so they can’t greet trick-or-treaters and ensure they don’t attempt to go out the front door.
  • In addition, other dogs may also be out enjoying the night out with their family. Consider keeping your pets in the house. Not only can this prevent anxieties in children, but it can also help prevent a negative interaction with another pet. Further, doorbells and strangers may cause anxiety for your furry friend. A space of their own can help provide them comfort if they are under stress.

    Halloween pet safety tips: ideal for the entire family

    Halloween pet safety tips are essential for all pet owners. Whether you are a new pet owner of a puppy or a seasoned multi-pet owner, this guide can help to keep your pets out of harm’s way during the Halloween season.

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