Halloween, despite all it's fun and frivolity for human beings, has some particular dangers for your pet companions that are easily and often overlooked by new pet owners. Pets like people have different opinions of the holiday, some enjoy the frightening fun right along with their human companions. Other pets, however, may have a very different understanding of the evening, traditionally filled with lurking strangers at the door, startling costumes, dimly lit decor and bowls overflowing with Xylitol laced candies.
If you have a new pet or have recently moved to a new home with your pet, being prepared for Halloween and creating a Pet Friendly environment over the festive holiday can mean the difference between your pet being safe at home and your pet being missing and or injured or even worse. If you have moved into a condo some HOA's or AOAO's do not permit Trick or Treating so you maybe off the hook but some residential neighborhoods approach the holiday with an enthusiastic zeal that builds dramatically as it approaches. If you are not aware of how your neighbors celebrate, ask just to be on the safe side. If you are moving from somewhere where your pets were minimally exposed to a ambulary nieghborhood with lots of kids and socialized pets, brace yourself for the change, it could be a douzy.
When it comes to a safe and PET FRIENDLY Halloween for your Fuzz Family here are three tips for keeping your pets safe over All Hallows Eve:
A BLAZING NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET:
Frightened Pets and Open Flame = Nightmare Scenario
Scene: A sudden knock at the door, (hissing) a black cat dives off the candle lit windowsill, burning her tail, and knocking the candle into the curtain setting the room ablaze. It sounds like something out of a horror story and unfortunately it happens more frequently than one might realize. Your frightened pet, an open flame combined with a night of many unexpected knocks at your front door and a seemingly endless mob of masked strangers making demands creates the perfect plot for disaster. Minimize the fire hazards and NO OPEN flame on Halloween!
TERROR IN THE HOOD:
Crate In a Safe Place, Update ID Tags!
If your pet gets the jitters on Halloween don't wait for the first tricker treater to come a knocking before preparing your pet for what is probably the most terrifying and confusing of human activities your pet experiences. If your dog barks or becomes aggressive when someone is at the door, do everyone a favor and put them in their crate in a room away from the front door. This can also be said for skittish cats and other household pets. Putting music or a television on can help distract from the noise of strangers moving around outside. Make sure that microchip and pet ID tag information is current and up to date especially if you have recently moved.
THE SWEET TASTE OF DEATH:
Children, Chocolate and Candy With Your Pet!
NEVER leave Children with candy unattended with your pet and it can easily happen on Halloween. Children love candy, they share candy, and unfamiliar children might think that sharing a chocolate treat with your pet is all in the spirit of the holiday. Chocolate is toxic to many pets, sugar as well as artificial sweeteners like Xylitol can cause serious health problems and even death when consumed in large enough amounts. Keep a lid on your candy containers and store them up and out of the way of foraging pets.
Heres a Pet Friendly Activity in Waikiki on Halloween!
International Market Place
Celebrates Halloween with Family-Friendly Festivities
Oct 31, 2019 - 05:00 PM until 07:00 PM
In the spirit of Halloween, International Market Place is hosting a fun-filled night featuring trick-or-treating at participating retailers, a pop-up Día de los Muertos themed event at Mi Almita Cantina, and a spook-tacular social media contest. Parking is convenient, with 700 parking spaces and valet options available. Head over to International Market Place with the whole family for some trick-or-treating fun. Dress your keiki up in their favorite costumes and stop by select retailers from 5–7 p.m. for free treats. Look for the center’s special pineapple jack-o-lantern stickers at participating stores. The event is free and open to the public, while supplies last.
Dia de los Muertos (5:00 to 10:00 p.m.) In conjunction with Halloween, enjoy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed decor, cocktails, and a live Mariachi band at Mi Almita Cantina at The Street Food Hall by Michael Mina Oct. 31–Nov. 3 from 5–10 p.m., with delicious eats, live entertainment and activities. Located on level 1, fronting Kuhio Avenue near Saks Fifth Avenue.
Costume Contest* Share your Halloween costume photo when visiting International Market Place from Oct. 24–31 and tag #MarketPlaceStories on Instagram for a chance to win one of three $100 gift cards. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1.
*Make sure your profile is public and you’re following @intlmktplace.
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