It’s official—Coldwell Banker has gone to the dogs this year. From launching our nationwide Home’s Best Friend commercial that featured seven rescue dogs in their new “furever” homes to our Homes for Dogs project, which matched loving families with over 20,000 dogs in 2015—it’s not far fetched to say that we made these four-legged bundles of joy the stars of 2015.
But can you blame us? It’s practically common knowledge that our furry friends can turn any house into a home with their unconditional love, unwavering loyalty and yes, sometimes goofy demeanors. Just ask any fur-parent—a pet is part of the family.
So it’s fitting that with Halloween just around the corner, we offer up a pawful of safety tips to make sure that our pet partners in crime stay safe on a night where ringing doorbells, spooky goblins and ghosts and open doors are the norm.
- Paws off the candy: First things first. If you have any candy lying around your home make sure not to leave it in a place that your dog can get their paws all over. According to the ASPCA, “Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.” To be safe, do a candy check throughout your house before the big night to confirm that your pets are safe from a sugar overload. In the unfortunate case that your furry friend does ingest something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435.
- Keep your furry friends inside for the night: While Halloween is generally an exciting and magical time for children and their families, it’s often a scary night for outdoor pets. Pet MD recommends keeping all of your pets inside and away from all of the not-so-nice tricks that pranksters have been known to play on animals during this time of year.
- Keep your pets away from the door: It’s safe to say that Halloween can induce anxiety in your pets with the constant doorbell ringing, neighborhood noise and trick-or-treaters. To ensure that your beloved pup doesn’t dart out the door and run for the hills at the first sight of a visiting zombie, the ASPCA recommends keeping your pets away from the door and in a separate room during the peak trick-or-treating hours. If your pet is known to be a runner, take precaution by making sure they have the proper identification. Their collars, tags and/or microchips can be real life-savers!
- Choose your pet’s costume wisely: While there’s no denying that your pup looks adorable in its perfectly posh pumpkin costume, you’ll want to make sure that the outfit isn’t constricting, irritating or unsafe in any way. Beware of buying costumes with strings, capes or belts as they can get caught on household objects. Also make sure that there aren’t any buttons or fabrics that you pup might mistake for a chew toy. Thinking of bringing your companion along for trick-or-treating with the whole family? Consider purchasing a costume that’s reflective so drivers can easily spot your dog and nearby trick-or-treaters.
- Decorate if you dare: Part of the fun during Halloween is transforming your ordinary home into a frighteningly fun haunted house. While we’re all for the decorating aspect of Halloween, just be sure to keep potentially harmful decorations, including electric lights and cords, lit jack-o-lanterns and festive candles, out of paw’s reach.
Do you have any pet safety tips that you hold dearly during this time of year? Share with us in the comments section below!