All night long, groups of noisy kids carrying flashlights and bags appear on your doorstep dressed in strange clothing, ring the doorbell, giggle, yell in unison and run away with candy. The front door stays open all night, the outdoor light is on when it shouldn’t be, strange orange globes sit on the front steps and people in the household look and act strangely. Sound weird? This might be the way your pet is experiencing Halloween.
Halloween can be a lot of fun for you and your pet. The presence of our pets enriches our holiday traditions and Halloween is no exception, but with all the festivities and fun, there can be some stress and danger for our four-footed friends. In order to keep your cat or dog happy this Halloween, remember these important safety tips:
Keep your pet inside.
In order to avoid trouble, the best place for your dog or cat is safely contained in your home. Black cats are at especially high risk for abuse at this time of year, so these kitties should definitely stay safely inside.
Dogs may be safer in a crate.
If your house is welcoming trick-or-treaters, pets can become startled and anxious when kids approach the house and try to bolt out the door. Make sure your pet’s microchip is updated with your recent information and your pet wears a collar with your contact information in case it gets out.
Costumes for pets should be safe.
Whether your pet is doing its best Darth Vader impression or is looking scrumptiously cute in its hotdog costume, it should allow your pet to move, breathe, eat and drink easily, bark or meow. Avoid ties around the neck and small parts that can be chewed off. To avoid added stress, get your pet used to the costume before Halloween. Festive bandanas or fancy collars are a smart alternative for pets who don’t like the whole costume experience. Don’t forget, your pet should also be able to easily do its business as well.
Keep pets away from candy.
Candy can be eaten whole–including paper wrappers and lollipop sticks– which can cause intestinal obstruction that may not show up for several days. When the kids come home with their haul, find a safe place to keep items away from your pet. Avoid chocolate and Xylitol. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it can be. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and rapid breathing. Xylitol is a chemical found in sugar free candy and gum that can cause low blood sugar leading to vomiting, weakness and incoordination. Call the ASPCA Poison Control hotline at 888-426-4435 immediately if you think your pet may have ingested candy.
Be careful around glow sticks and glow jewelry.
While these items are fun and functional for bipeds, they contain a chemical that can make pets salivate excessively and act strangely.
Should I bring my dog trick-or-treating?
Dogs that are socialized well to people and other animals can go out trick-or-treating as long as they have good leash manners. However, never leave your dog unattended. Other dogs should safely be kept at home. This isn’t the ideal time to test their social skills.
Whether your pet is dressed up with space alien antennae or a halo, at home or out in the neighborhood, following some common sense instructions can make this Halloween a happy one for both you and your pet. Happy Halloween to all pet owners and pets!
Does your dog have a pawesome Halloween costume? Strut your mutt THIS Saturday from 4 PM to 7 PM for a spooky good time at our Second Annual Noble Rey Brewing Co. Halloween Pawty, located at 2636 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207. There will be a costume contest for prizes, and the entry free is only a $5 minimum donation. Participants also have the choice of bringing a donation of flea and tick preventive in lieu of a monetary donation to help keep our foster pets healthy. We didn’t forget about our two legged friends either. Beers will be poured, and our pals at Noble Rey Brewing Co. will be donating a percentage of sales Off the Leash TX Red Ale to Dallas Pets Alive.