Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? It can be a downright nightmare. Here are 10 tips to help you help your pets avoid the stress and dangers of Halloween night. With some advanced planning and a little training, you can make things more festive and fun for your pet(s) and less stressful for you!
And … just like what we tell ourselves at the beginning of each holiday ….. try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.
Pets can be very sensitive to changes in their environment and routines.
I know it is difficult during the holidays, but try and preserve a few of your pet’s routines:
- regular meal schedules
- exercise or play sessions
- and arrange a place in your home for “quiet time”
The added stress and excitement of holiday festivities can increase your dog’s thirst too, so make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink.
If your dog is the excitable or anxious type, they might benefit from Young Living’s “pure, therapeutic essential oils” or a Thundershirt, to help calm them down and relax. But … always consult your veterinarian about their recommendation first, and how much you should use and how often. (If you are new to essential oils, please call Jean (310370-9241) to receive current and correct information.
10 PET SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include: (see last page for a more complete list of symptoms)
- rapid breathing
- increased heart rate
2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween. Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night.
3. Keep pets confined and away from the door. Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends.
4. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.
5. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.
6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.
7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach. If chewed, your pet could cut him/herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it. If you do decide that your pet needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.
9. Try on pet costumes before the big night. If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.
10. IDs, please! If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet has an embedded microchips.