Witches, Bats and Scaredy Cats

Halloween can be an exciting, fun night for kids and adults, but it can be hard on pets.  From ingesting toxins, ghost and goblins coming to the door or alarming noises in the sky how do you keep your pet safe? Here are some tips to help keep your four legged friends safe this Halloween.

  • Keeps pets inside. Pets wandering outside can easily be scared by groups of kids on the street. They may travel further than normal to get away from all the noise and scary costumes, or try to take shelter in unfamiliar or dangerous spaces.
  • Keep pets away from the door. Even well behaved pets can be frightened or over stimulated on a night like Halloween and may growl or snap if it gets to be too overwhelming, or attempt to dart out. Not to mention all the candy being passed to buckets and potentially dropped.
  • Black cat? Take extra precaution to keep them in a safe room of the house. Unfortunately there are still some who believe in the mythology of Black Cats and may not act appropriately or respectful to them.  Even if no harm is intended, children and young adults may yell and frighten a black fur baby.
  • If you do want to take your dog out trick or treating, be sure to keep a close eye on his/her behavior queues-and taking them home to rest and feel safe when they need it. Also, watch for kids (and adults) approaching as this may just be too much for your dog to handle. Be sure to keep a watchful eye for lost candies and chocolates on the ground.
  • If your dog is out trick or treating with you, be sure to dress them up in something reflective so they are easily seen by motorists and other trick or treaters. Ensure they have an identification tag on them in case they do happen to get separated form you.
  • If you know your animal, or suspect that it will be frightened with fireworks on Halloween talk to your veterinarian about medications that can help decrease the anxiety around the noise and lights. Some medications are over the counter and others need a prescription. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend which one will be best suited for your pet. But don’t wait too close to Halloween night, as some medications need a few days to build up in their systems.
  • Be sure to keep the candy bowl up high-and remember: you DON’T have to share your sweet and salty treats with your pup! Remember that the Theobromine in chocolate is toxic to dogs as is the Xylitol found in many sweet treats. If your dog does consume something it shouldn’t, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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