Some holidays are just plain complicated for our Furry Friends and Halloween is one of them. We’ve got some tips that just might help. Special consideration must be given to comfort and safety to help pets get through the night. Little ghouls and goblins have tons of fun but cats and dogs don’t understand what’s going on: why so many people are out, why the doorbell keeps ringing, why decorations with candles can be dangerous, etc.
Below are our best tips (in no particular order) for keeping your pet safe and secure during the days before and after Halloween. File this away for reference and share it with friends who might also be able to use it. Here’s to a safe and sane Halloween night for you AND your pets!
- Don’t leave your pet outside during the evenings before and after Halloween. People don’t always use the best judgement around this holiday.
- Be particularly careful if you have a black cat. People can get weird when they see them this time of year. Just sayin’.
- If possible, walk your dog BEFORE dark.
- Don’t share Halloween treats with your Furry Friends. Communicate to your kids that not only is candy not for pets, the wrappers they come in can be dangerous if swallowed. And be aware that chocolate can be poisonous for certain kinds of pets. Should you experience a problem with your pet eating something they shouldn’t, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
- Place all candle-lit jack-o-lanterns out of reach of paws and noses. Our pets are curious by nature and a knocked-over pumpkin with a candle is dangerous to everyone.
- Use good judgement if you dress your pet in a costume. Some animals don’t like dressing up. Make sure your pet can breathe, hear and see clearly; walk without interference; and move freely. Animals communicate with body language, which costumes restrict severely. It’s good to remember this.
- Much like with small children, add reflective tape to your pet’s costume if you take them out into the neighborhood at night.
- Keep your Furry Friend in a separate room, away from your front door, if you expect trick or treaters. This reduces opportunities for your pet to run and keeps everyone calmer. Some pets are scared of costumed strangers at the door. If you choose to keep your dog near the front door, consider keeping them on a leash for the duration of trick or treating.
- Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times. This will make them easier to return should they get away.
- Watch what your pet picks up during walks afterward. Candy, decorations, bits of costume and other unhealthy things will be in the streets and on sidewalks. Make sure your dog doesn’t get into them!