For many of us, our pets are more than animals, they’re family members. We like to have our pets participate in activities that the whole family can enjoy. Many times, holidays are big events for families. Halloween is becoming more and more popular amongst pet owners. Pet costumes are a pretty common sight now a day. Pet stores have emerged with costumes, toys and treats that all pay tribute to this candy-loving holiday. Make sure that you read our following tips on Halloween safety for pets.
For new pet owners or maybe just owners who are new to participating in these activities, here are some safety tips to keep in mind so that you and your pet can enjoy the Halloween season.
Sweets Aren’t Treats for Pets
Halloween is known for the candy. Your kids may be bringing home baskets full or sweet treats or you may have bags and bowls sitting at home waiting for trick-or-treaters. Make sure that the candy is not on the floor or anywhere that’s accessible for your pet, especially chocolate. Keep in mind that this doesn’t just pertain to dogs. Cats can get just as sick by getting into chocolate or xylitol (sweeteners in candy). If you pet somehow makes it into your candy stash, be sure to call your veterinarian.
Keep Your Pet from Being Spooked
If you plan on having trick-or-treaters come to your house, be sure to have your pet put into a crate or a separate room with a chew toy or activity to keep them occupied. The busy traffic at the door can be upsetting and overstimulating for some pets. You also want to avoid them making a quick exit when you open the door. If you plan to take your pet trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, make sure that they are on a leash and try to avoid any Halloween décor that may be animated. The action may scare and stress your pet.
Costumes are Optional
Although companies are creating more and more cute and fun costumes for pets, if your pet isn’t keen on the idea, don’t force it. If your pet doesn’t mind wearing a costume, make sure that it’s comfortable. Make sure that the costume doesn’t cut off any breathing, eyesight or movement for your pet.