BOO! Halloween is here and while you may not think its too scary it can be a terrifying time for your pet! Here are some tips to make Halloween a less “hallowing” time for your pet!
- If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him or her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him or her with a safe hiding place.
- Keep your pet inside
- Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets
- If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, make sure it doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing,or movements. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he or she is wearing a costume
- Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum
- And last but not least, make sure your pet is properly identified with a microchip, collar and ID tag (all of which we offer here at the shelter) in case he or she escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.
Melissa Topham RVT