Halloween is one of the funnest times of the year! Whether you go all out with the decorations and festivities or prefer to sit back and pass out candy, this holiday isn’t always a treat for our four-legged companions.
Candy, chocolate, xylitol, and grapes are among the list of dangerous food ingredients for our pets. Create a safe environment by learning which foods are safe, and avoid placing candy bowls on the ground or within reach. For more on pet food safety, visit the ASPCA’s list here.
The repetitive excitement of trick-or-treaters can be scary for any pet. Provide them a calm, confined space, away from the door. Keep them occupied with a frozen, treat-filled Kong, a chew, or their favorite toys. Pheromone diffusers and sprays and playing calming or classical music can help create a relaxing environment.
Use caution when arranging your Halloween decorations. Candle-lit jack-o-lanterns, wires, and lights may pose a hazard to curious pets should they be chewed or knocked over. Cobwebs or other small decorations if ingested could cause GI upset or even obstruction.
If you choose to dress your pet this Halloween, be mindful of their well-being. While some pets enjoy the fashionable attire, it is anxiety-inducing for others. Costumes should never cause distress or restrict movement, sight, or the ability to eat and drink.
Even the most confident pets can become spooked. Be sure your pets are housed safely indoors and wearing their ID tags. If you’re out in public, be sure your pup is visible, leashed, and the collar or harness is securely fitted. Now is a great time to update their microchip information.
Halloween is a great opportunity to give pet-friendly treats to your furry friends. Maybe they will even do a trick for them! We wish you all a safe and happy Halloween!