Halloween can be a funtastic time of the year! Some pets just love all the extra attention, and others would rather not bother with all the hustle and bustle that Halloween can bring. No matter which is your pet, here are some tips and tricks to help your pet handle Halloween
Make sure your pet has an up to date ID tag in case they bolt out the front door when trick-or-treat’ers are knocking, or in case tricksters let them out of the backyard. Consider confining your pet in a separate room away from the hustle and bustle of Halloween, keep the door closed and put the TV on for them, give them their favorite toys and bed in the room to make them feel safe and calm. Try to avoid leaving pets in the backyard as there have been many cases of pranksters letting animals out of their loose, or even injuring them for ‘fun.’ Along that note, black cats are particularly targeted in the weeks leading up to Halloween, so be sure to keep a closer eye on them, and try to keep them indoors- black cats being targeted has become such an epidemic in certain areas that shelters have halted the adoption of black cats during the Halloween season to keep them safe.
If you trick or treat with your pet, be sure to add a reflective collar or piece of clothing using LED lights or strips so they can be seen in the dark, and keep a shorter leash. If you dress your pet for Halloween, be sure to try it on them a few times prior to Halloween to ensure proper fit and to get them comfortable with it.
Keep in mind that a dog’s sense of smell is akin to our sight, and costumes change the look and smell of those wearing them- even pets. So familiars to your pet can smell different and have your pets react as if they are strangers and cause undue stress to your pet.
Keep Halloween goodies and decorations out of reach of your pet! Chocolate, sugar, sugar substitute, and nuts are highly toxic to animals, as most people know and even though pumpkin is not toxic, it can cause some discomfort to your pets stomach ( i.e gas and or diarrhea) If your pet ingests anything toxic take them to your vet or emergency vet immediately. Candles and jack o lanterns pose a different kind of threat to your pet- especially curious kittens or puppies… no one wants a house fire on Halloween! (Or ever, really.)