October 31st is rapidly approaching! It’s time to get your pet a costume and go trick or treating! Halloween is a fun time of year. Who doesn’t love costumes and candy?! However, it can be scary and even dangerous to some pets. Here are some tips to keep you and your pet safe and happy for Halloween.
Keep all of the Halloween candy picked up and out of reach for your pet. Hungry pets have been known to jump on counters and tables to get to that bowl of chocolates! Chocolate is toxic to pets and can cause symptoms from mild nausea to seizures and death. Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog gets into the candy stash!
Dressing your dog up as a bumblebee or superhero is often as enjoyable for the pet as it is for you! Make sure the costumes do not have any loose parts that the pet may feel inclined to chew on or swallow. Supervision while is in costume is very important.
Some dogs are very scared of people in costumes! Do you blame them? Who isn’t a little frightened by a giant clown or zombie!? It is important to watch your dog for his or her signals that may mean she is scared or anxious. Never force your dog into a situation that they are not comfortable with. If the dog is backing away from someone in costume, follow his or her lead and get your pet out of this scary situation. Don’t attempt to get your dog to “make friends” with the zombie. This could lead to more fear and even aggression.
It is a good night to keep your indoor/outdoor cats inside. The streets are very congested with cars and kids. This can lead to unfortunate accidents if your cat would get into the road. Cats may also become very scared of the crowds and costumes and run away to get away from the situation. If this happens, they may become lost.
At AACS, we hope these tips help you and your pets have a safe and happy Halloween!