Halloween can be a fun night for children and families, but for your furry friends it can be downright scary and could turn into a nightmare. Below are 6 suggestions to help your pets stay calm and safe this Halloween.
Keep Your Pet Confined
Do not leave your pets in the yard as the excitement may be too much for them and they could panic. Remember to make sure that your animal is wearing proper identification in case they wander away.
Safe Room or Barrier
In the home a safe room or barrier (baby gate) can prevent your Fido or Fluffy from fleeing, and will provide children who are fearful of animals some comfort.
Managing The Door
When the doorbell or a knock is heard by our Furry Friends that can cue “Alert” or for some animals “Flee”. This can be extremely stressful for our pets on Halloween night when it happens over and over. Arrange for someone to manage the door so they can preempt the knocking or bell ringing. If you’re feeling a little festive dress up and greet the children outside. Your pets will thank you!
Not only is chocolate toxic, but candy can also be detrimental to your dogs’ health. Animals have a tendency to ingest the candy and the wrapper or even a stick attached. A lollipop stick can be a choking hazard as they can get lodged in the pets’ throats. If your Fido or Fluffy happens to steal some of the Halloween stash you should call your veterinarian for direction, and monitor them for diarrhea or vomiting.
Pet Friendly Decorations
Halloween Jack-O’-Lanterns with battery-operated flame are much safer option for our little human and furry friends. Candles are a fire hazard if accidently knocked over or your pet decides to take a peak inside to see what is going on in that pumpkin.
Pets Trick or Treating?
Taking your pet out to Trick or Treat can be tons of fun, but some pets may find all the stimulation too much to handle. Excited children in costumes running from door to door can be bewildering and downright scary to your Fido and Fluffy.