Learning About Halloween Pet Safety Through Loki
I don’t think Loki will ever enjoy Halloween as much as I do, no matter how many times I carve a corgi pumpkin.
You see, Loki is very much “un-fond” of certain parts of Halloween. In between my trying to keep her safe and her distaste for a tradition or two, it’s just easier for all of us (Loki included) if she and her giant, yellow, lab of a brother spend the evening in our nice, quiet bedroom.
What exactly does Loki not like about Halloween? So glad you asked!
1) Children in costume, especially in rambunctious groups. Animals don’t really understand the concept of “dress-up” or the reality that behind that bloody, grotesque, over-sized murder mask is the nice kid next door who loves nothing more than to approach neighborhood animals in a calm, soothing, respectful manner. All they know is that looks different and OMG, IT’S COMING THIS WAY AND TRYING TO GET INTO THE HOUSE. Loki is a lover, not a fighter so my worry is more that she’d somehow bolt out the door rather than stand her ground and defend the home front, but since I don’t want to risk either, she just has to live without seeing who’s at the door for one night of the year.
2) Loki does NOT like being kept away from candy and all it’s trappings. We all know how bad chocolate can be for pets–deadly even, and a particularly piggy canine or kitty can cause him or herself some serious gastro-intestinal distress by chowing down on just about any type of human treat. But those aren’t the only dangers. Pets rarely take the time to unwrap treats before ingesting them and packaging can pose choking and intestinal blockage hazards. Plus, some of that candy is STICKY, and having to cut cellophane out of Mr. Kitty’s fur will not be your favorite Halloween memory.
3) She doesn’t understand why decorations don’t double as chew toys. Between the corgi and the toddler, not much survives at ground level . . . or three feet higher (the toddler can reach, and that corgi is LONG when she’s on her hind legs). They have nothing better to do than stare up at the decorations on the mantle, or the high shelves, or the wall, just WAITING for something to fall. Think of all the things Halloween decorations are made of: foam, glass, metal, glitter, plastic, etc. These are all things that definitely don’t belong in your dog’s mouth (or, eventually, in your dog). I make sure any decorations (including cords to light up pieces) are not only at least twice as high as Loki is long, but that they are steady and not going anywhere unless Texas is the victim of a freakishly strong earthquake.
Those are Loki’s three primary beefs with the spookiest of holidays. It’s a good idea to know your pet’s as well, that way you can make sure it’s a night of treats as opposed to a night of terror (complete with either a visit to the local pet ER or a search party). Feel free to share any other Halloween safety tips concerning our furry friends!