Candy is for Humans Only
Your children may bring home bags full of goodies on Halloween night. Unfortunately for the curious pet, these sugary sweets are more of a trick than a treat. Many Halloween candies contain ingredients such as chocolate or xylitol, which can be dangerous if consumed by animals. Make sure that you or your kids keep a close eye on the trick-or-treat bags.
As an alternative (yet still festive!) meal supplement, consider introducing some pumpkin into your cat or dog’s diet! See our blog on pumpkin for more information.
Be Careful With Decorations
Changes to the home can be surprising and even disorienting to your pets. They may knock things over or chew on something they are not supposed to. It is always a good idea to keep any candles and Jack-o’-lanterns out of reach of pets. If knocked over, they can quickly start a fire. Wires and electric decorations should also be kept out of reach. Dogs, cats, and small animals alike often feel compelled to chew these objects, leading to potential electric shock. Furthermore, moving animatronics or decorations that make loud noises can be scary for your pet. If you are a devout Halloween decorator, it may be best to keep these decorations outside or away from your furry friends.
Be Conscious About Costumes
As cute as they may be, many pets do not enjoy wearing costumes. Often wearing a costume can cause undue anxiety or discomfort. Always test costumes before committing to one for the whole night, ensuring that your pet is comfortable and can function properly.
Keep Them Indoors
Regardless of your plans, your pet should be kept inside on Halloween night. It can be a whirlwind of activity, easily overwhelming animals. Some children even play pranks involving animals (particularly black cats). Overall, it is a dangerous night to let your pets go outside.
You can still walk your dog on Halloween. Many dogs will love the experience of trick-or-treating with you and your children! However, make sure to always keep them on a leash. Unfamiliar Halloween costumes or decorations may scare some dogs and cause them to run away. As a general rule of thumb, always make sure your dog has proper identification just in case.
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