Halloween night can be a dangerous and frightening experience for our furry kids. To make sure it is a happy and fun occasion for you all, it is essential to remember the following tips:
1) Although chocolate is a delicious treat for us, it is toxic to our pets. Be sure to keep those chocolate treats away from them. For small dogs and cats, even a small amount can make them very sick.
2) All Halloween candy prepared and packaged for humans is meant ONLY for humans. Keep your treats away form the pets. Even the wrappers from the candy can be dangerous if eaten, so make sure to throw the wrapper away where your pet cannot access it.
There are several places such as boutique Pet Stores and some of the bigger box stores that make Halloween treats especially for pets. Stick with those.
3) Costumes are great fun for children and adults alike and though some pets will tolerate being dressed in a costume, most of them do not enjoy it. If you insist on dressing up your pet, be sure you consider the design and fit of the costume. Some costumes can overheat the pets. Some can impair their vision, hearing and mobility. So be considerate and make sure whatever you choose to put them in, is comfortable. And if your furry kid indicates that he/she is unhappy all decked out, respect their wishes and take the thing off.
4) Candles used to light up pumpkins can create a great mood but a lit candle is always a potential fire hazard, especially around animals. If you have candles set up in your home, be sure to keep them well out of the reach of your pets.
5) Halloween callers at the door dressed up in costumes are always fun to see, and after all, trick or treating is what Halloween is all about. But remember, all those strange people dressed up in weird clothing can be terrifying to a pet. And the repeated opening of the door creates a great potential for a dog or cat to dash out into the night. My suggestion if you open the door to Halloween visitors is to keep the pets secluded in another part of the house or put up a doggie gate as a barrier so there are no unwanted escapees. If you have a dog that reacts by barking each time the door bell is rung, I suggest you put a sign outside your front door asking people not to ring the bell but to knock on the door instead. That will make things much less noisy and reduce a lot of your dog's stress.
So now that you know the essentials for keeping your pets safe this October 31st night, have a great time !