5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During Howl-o-ween October 01, 2015 11:06

Halloween is meant to be spooky and cause a fright. Although we enjoy scary costumes and decorations, the same is not always true of our pets. In fact, a costume as innocent as a fairy princess or superhero can cause a dog or cat to bolt from the house. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe during Halloween:

Tip 1: Put Decorations on the Floor – Before you hang any skeletons or ghosts, put your Halloween decorations on the floor, and let your pet smell them. Have your pet in the room or on a leash outside while you decorate, so they can watch. If they see the decorations going up, they will be less likely to be startled by them later.

Tip 2: Check Your Pet's ID – Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and that the identification information is up-to-date and easy to read. Use a LINKS-IT to securely attach tags to your pet's collar and consider a jack-o-lantern or skull Pawdentify tag to add some festive flair.

Tip 3: Hold a Dress Rehearsal – Start the celebration early and have your family put on their costumes, one at a time, so your pet isn’t overwhelmed. Your pet will become accustomed to seeing people in odd outfits and masks.

Tip 4: Prepare Your Pet’s Lair – Before the festivities begin, put your pet’s bed in a room you can easily block off from the rest of the house. A special treat or new toy can work wonders at keeping your pet distracted from the chaos.

Tip 5: Muffle Spooky Noises – If you know that your dog or cat goes wild when someone knocks or the doorbell rings, get ahead of the situation. Disconnect your doorbell and put a sign on the door asking people not to knock. While home, stay outside to hand out candy. If you are leaving to trick-or-treat, leave a bowl of candy outside.

Let us know how these tips work for you and whether you have any other helpful tips!

-The Pawdentify & LINKS-IT Team