The fun of Halloween is candy and costumes.
Here are a few tips so your furry friend enjoys the holiday just as much as the rest of your family.
- Candy is for children or guests, not for your pets.
- Wires and electrical cords, as well as lit candles, should be kept out of reach.
- If you want to dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t cumbersome: it should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or affect his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Ill-fitting outfits can get snagged on bushes. Try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems stressed or uncomfortable, consider alternatives.
- Consider keeping your pet in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treat hours. Strangers with costumes can be scary and stressful for pets. Most dogs might not recognize a friendly hand hidden behind a scary costume and may bite if startled.
- When opening the door, make sure that your pet does not run away. If your pet escapes, a collar with tags or a microchip may help get your pet returned home safely.
- Certain pets (like black cats) may be best kept indoors on Halloween night. Friendly animals may be at risk for cruel treatment by Halloween pranksters.