Halloween is here!
The big night is fun for so many kids as well as adults. Treats, scares and screams and that
all too familiar chorus of “Trick or Treat”!!! However this evening can stress your pets out
big time. The loud noises, the screams from outside and the never ending door bell ringing
are enough to rattle your pet’s nerves.
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and allow them to enjoy the evening as well!
Be careful of the candy! Treats will be everywhere. Remember your pets can not partake in
most of the goodies so you need to be careful. Don’t leave any of the treats out. Pets are
resourceful so don’t assume just because they are on the counter they are out of reach!
Chocolate and gum are big no-no’s. The wrappers from gobbled down treats can cause
blockage as well as choking hazards.
Costumes are a must for most folks this evening, but your pets don’t really like to get
dressed up! If you do have that rare pet who doesn’t mind please make sure their costumes
allow for movement, breathing and seeing without any hindrance. Try to stick with a simple
neckerchief or bandana. Avoid trip hazards and costumes that will heat your pet up.
Keep your pet indoors on Halloween night. With the chaos outside, the strangers at the door
and the pranksters running amok, your pet will feel very overwhelmed. Set up a safe and
quiet zone in a back room where they can spend the evening. Keep the door closed to avoid
them getting out while you tend to the trick or treaters. The last thing your pet needs is to
be outdoors amongst the craziness. And by keeping them inside you also keep them safe
from troublemakers who make cause them harm.
Decorations are so much fun and pleasing to the eye. Keep candles and other decorative
items that may cause a choking or hanging hazard. Likewise, jack-o-lanterns and candles
should be kept out of reach of your pets. The flickering lights may draw their attention and
may pose a toxic threat if ingested in any way. This goes the same for decorative corn that
we see hanging on doors and displayed at tables this time of year.