Halloween may be a great time for people who love to dress up and go door to door trick-or-treating, but most pets aren't quite fond of this holiday as us humans are. Ringing doorbells, strange costumes, little kids and spooky decorations can all make this event fearful for our pets. It's important to keep your pet's peace of mind, health and also safety when planning for this holiday. Let's take a look at some tips to make Halloween enjoyable for everyone in the household!
~Having your pet wear a costume is cute, but for some, it can be annoying or even make them feel scared. Make sure the costume of choice (or any kind of clothing) is not too tight.
~It is a good idea to let the pet wear the costume for 15-30min several days leading up to Halloween. That way he / she is more use to it.
~Paint should never be used directly on the animal.
~Some animals may try to eat parts of the costume. Always keep an eye on them!
~If the costume involves wearing a mask, just make sure your pet's vision is unrestricted.
Home Sweet Home -
~During trick-or-treating, or Halloween parties, pets can get scared and possibly run out the open door. This leaves them at risk for getting lost or even hit by a car. When in doubt, and if you're not sure how your pet will react, it is best to put them in their crate or even in their own room away from the commotion.
The Goodies -
~Toxicity can be a big concern for pets on Halloween. Usually cats are not interested in candy, but dogs can eat a large amount of it in a short period of time - yikes! Most of the times it's enough to make an Emergency trip to the vet clinic.
~Remind your family and friends to not give the animals any kind of treats (candy and chocolate etc) that may harm them.
~Emergency vet clinics see a large increase in chocolate toxicity during this holiday.
Trick-or-treating With Your Dog -
~Always use reflective gear.
~Keep your dog safe from sudden moves from children, and always be aware of your surroundings and other unfamiliar pets.
~If your gut tells you that your dog is not ready to go out, and may not have the right temperment for this, leave he / she at home.
Cobwebs, Candles and Whiskers -
~Keep pets away from candles and jack-o'-lanterns.
~Keep animals away from candle wax, especially those curios feline friends!
~Decorative cobwebs can potentially be a choking hazard for your pet, use caution!
Happy Halloween everyone!