Costumes, pumpkins, horror movies, and candy! What’s not to love about Halloween? Although you might have your perfect night planned out, your dog (or cat) might not be too excited about this day’s spooky happenings. Being safe doesn’t mean you’ll ruin the fun, though! Just check out the following tips to make this day enjoyable for everyone in your family, fur kids included.
- Keep those treats out of reach. Certain human foods like chocolate, artificial sweetener xylitol, and raisins are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.
- Make sure your four-legged pals are wearing proper ID and that microchips are up to date with current information. With so many doors opening and closing, it’s always a good idea to play it safe so Fido and Fifi can be easily identified if lost.
- Keep your companions indoors and away from the front door! Masks and costumes can be extra spooky to dogs, even when worn by friends and family. Choose a safe room in your home that can work as a haven from all those weird noises coming from outside (and pranksters). Remember that dogs can be territorial, so trick or treaters coming and going might create extra anxiety. If you don’t want Fido darting out the door, consider prepping up the guest room with a comfy bed and a favorite toy. Keep outdoor cats indoors a couple of days before and after Halloween (although we believe cats should always be inside!). Black cats are especially at risk from pranks and other cruel incidents.
- If your furry friend is wearing a costume, make him or her try it on beforehand to check whether or not it’s comfortable. If it affects movement, hearing, breathing, or the ability to bark or meow, look for another option, such as an orange bandana (or a birthday suit!). That funny-looking mask is probably a bad idea. Don’t forget to search the costume for anything small that could be a chocking hazard.
- Keep an eye out for Halloween decor, which can be a chocking hazard or lead to intestinal obstructions. Prevent tummy aches by making sure Fido doesn’t gobble up pumpkins and corn. Be extra careful when dealing with candles, wires, electric light cords, or glass. A candle might give a Jack O’Lantern just the right touch, but can be disastrous if left unsupervised.
- Have your veterinarian’s information readily available in case of an emergency!