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5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Sitters

by Therese on October 29, 2010

in Cats, Dog walking, Dogs, Pet Sitting

Pet sitters must take extra care to keep dogs and cats safe on Halloween.Halloween can be a very scary, stressful time for cats, dogs, and other pets. With all of the ghosts and goblins running around, along with the spooky sounds, pets can get frightened and do things they normally wouldn’t – like run away or bite. Pet sitters who are caring for pets on this holiday need to be aware of the potential hazards and take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their clients’ pets.

Be careful with costumes
If you will be doing your Halloween evening pet sitting visits before heading off to a party, be careful with your costume. Take your costume off before going into your clients’ homes. Costumes can be pretty frightening to pets, and if you walk in while wearing yours, you may scare the pets who may bark incessantly, hide, bite, or even bolt out the door.

Enter the home with extra caution

If you’re doing visits after dark, after trick-or-treaters have started to prowl the streets, use extra care when entering your clients’ homes. The pets inside may have already been frightened by noises outside or knocks on the door. The last thing you want is to walk in on a frightened cat or dog, who may bolt out the door as soon as it’s opened.

Be alert when dog walking
If possible, keep your dog walking to a minimum after dark, and be extremely aware of your surroundings. The children you encounter will be having fun – they’ll be wearing costumes, laughing, and running from house to house. All of this may be overwhelming for the dog you’re walking and may cause stress, which can result in unwanted behavior.

Keep pets indoors
Every now and then, we hear of people doing unspeakable things to black cats on Halloween. Whether that’s true or not, it’s best to keep all pets indoors and away from the hocus pocus going on out on the streets. They’ll feel safer in the comfort of their own homes, and if they get frightened they’ll have a safe place to hide. That may not be the case if they’re left outside.

Keep all candy and other goodies out of reach
Do a quick look around the home to make sure your clients haven’t left any candy where the pets may get it. Pets are like kids in the respect that if something tastes good, they are likely to eat until they get sick. The fact is, pets shouldn’t get candy at all – chocolate or otherwise.

The bottom line is to be aware of the unusual things that happen on Halloween and understand that any of them may be overwhelming and frightening to a pet. As their pet sitter, taking time to think ahead will go a long way to ensure the pets you’re caring for stay safe and sound on such a spooky, scary night.

Happy Halloween!

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