Spooky season is among us, from costume contests to trick-or-treating. Frightening family fun is here, and while Halloween is all about light-hearted tricks and treats, it’s important to keep safety in mind for every member of the family—including your pets! Halloween and all of it’s seasonal shenanigans can be anxiety provoking and stressful to our four-legged friends, so here are a few reminders to keep Halloween spooky AND safe this year!
Costumes: People, Pets and Pros and Cons
Costume contests are popular around Halloween, for both humans and pets alike! Many pet owners get their pets costumes, because, after all, they are part of the family! After all, a pet in a costume is adorable! However, if you do choose to turn your Corgi into a ghost, make sure they can move comfortably and most importantly, safely. Avoid costumes that require tying anything around your pet’s neck that could potentially choke them, or costumes that hang to the ground that they may trip over or get stuck on. Ultimately, it is best to let your pet be the judge. If they seem uncomfortable, then maybe it’s best to take a quick photo and let them be themselves this year instead!
Candy: Treats can be Tricky for Pets!
Candy is one of the best parts of Halloween. Trick-or-treating and collecting goodies from your neighborhood is a fun way to come together as a community and family. While pets may plead with you for a treat themselves, make sure to keep all human Halloween treats away from your pets as they can be harmful to them. Chocolate, especially baking chocolate, can be toxic if ingested by our furry friends, so make sure to keep candies and treats out of reach!
Trick-or-Treaters: The Friend and the Foe
Part of the fun of Halloween is having trick-or-treaters come to your door and ask for treats! This makes for a fun evening of celebration and entertainment, however, it also can be potentially risky for pet owners. As princesses and goblins come knocking on your door one after the next, your pet might get overwhelmed at the onslaught of visitors. Additionally, the frequency of the door being opened and closed provides great potential for an escape artist! Make sure that your pet has a safe place to go to if they start to feel overwhelmed, or if they get tempted by the opening of the door. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an identification tag and is microchipped. Most importantly, watch the door!
Most importantly, HAVE A FUN, SPOOKY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!