It is getting to be that time of the year where the holiday rush is beginning. It starts with Halloween, then on into Thanksgiving, and finally Christmas, Hanukkah, and various other ethnic celebrations.
One thing is common with all celebrations. There are usually a lot of people gathering, lots of food and treats, and lots of new noises and distractions for pets.
Thom Somes, “The Pet Safety Guy” is the founder and president of Pet Tech, the first national training center dedicated to Pet First Aid and Care for dogs and cats. As an aside, you will hear more about this person and his company very soon, but I will keep it a surprise for now.
Anyway, Thom published a few tips for keeping your pets safe during the holidays. This is part one of a series that will be published for all the upcoming holidays and celebrations.
Remeber, there will be a lot of commotion, so keep your pets in mind.
- Don’t leave pets out in the yard; if you don’t already, keep your cats and dogs inside for the night, do it on this night.
- Know when to say “No!” Your dog or cat may beg for Halloween candy, but remember, Trick-or-Treat goodies are not for pets.
- Look out for those flaming pumpkins! a Jack-O-Lantern with a real candle adds a wonderful, authentic touch to Halloween celebrations, but pets don’t know the danger of the fire inside.
- Think things through before putting your pet in a Halloween costume. Unless the dog or cat is extremely receptive to this kind of thing, you could be causing it discomfort and stress. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t too tight, annoying, or unsafe for your pet.
- If you are having an indoor party, make sure that you put your pets in a room where they won’t be disturbed.
- Be careful your dog or cat does not dart out through the open door when you answer for trick-or-treaters. Even if your pet enjoys visitors and is having a great time greeting guests and little hobgoblins, a collar or harness and leash is a good idea. Make sure your cat is secured.
- Are you having an adult party? Never feed alcoholic beverages to dogs, cats, birds, or other animals.
- Keep in mind that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.
Taken from article titled “More Tips from The Pet Safety Guy For The Holidays.” The World of Professional Pet Sitting, Vol. XII Issue 5, pg. 52.
So remember to think about keeping your pets safe and comfortable during this Halloween holiday. Think about how your pets may react to certain situations, and plan accordingly to keep them out of harms way.