Halloween Safety Tips from HSMO

October 30, 2020

While this year’s Halloween celebrations may look a little bit different, here at the Humane Society of Missouri, we still want you and your pets to have a fun howliday! We’ve rounded up a few simple things you can do to keep your pets safe.

Here are five helpful Halloween tips for you and your precious pets!

1. Keep trick-or-treaters at a safe distance

Pets might be extra spooked by kids carrying big bags brimming with candy. You’ll probably be opening and closing your door pretty often, too. So, while the kiddos are out and about, it’s best to have your dogs, cats and other adorable animals stay in a familiar room with soothing music and plenty of toys. Calming pheromones are also extremely helpful, and you can easily buy yours online.

2. Keep the candy away, too!

Make sure your treats are in a high place where your pets can’t get to them. If your pet does consume chocolate or candy, please contact your veterinarian or a veterinary hospital right away.

3. Include a collar and ID tag in your pet’s costume

During all of the holiday fun, there’s always a chance your pet can slip away. If that happens, we want to make sure you can be contacted! Please make sure your pet’s microchip information is up-to-date, and in order to be extra careful. . .

4. Leave your pet at home when you go trick-or-treating

As much fun as it would be for the whole family to go out on Halloween, your pet will probably be most comfortable at home, waiting to celebrate with you later. And remember: Most pets dislike the confinement of costumes and masks. If your pet does don a costume, make sure you supervise them while they are wearing it!

5. Don’t forget: Decorations can be dangerous

Your pet may be curious, and they could get hurt if they chew on your Jack-o’-lanterns or other festive décor.

Last but not least, there’s one more thing you can do to help sweet animals. With a caring gift for homeless and hurting pets, you can be the superhero our community needs this Halloween.

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