For humans, Halloween is a time to embrace your inner-monster (or Lady Gaga) and spend a night masquerading as someone, or something, new. For your pets, it’s a night fraught with potential hazards like mounds of dark chocolate, hot candles and a sudden increase of strange visitors. Make sure your pet stays calm and safe this All Hallows’ Eve by paying attention to these potential hazards.
Those bags of candy are a great treat for your kids, but ingredients like dark chocolate and artificial sweeteners are toxic to dogs, cats and birds. If you have a pet in the house, keep all of your candy sealed and out of pet-reach.
It’s always nice to set a spooky mood on Halloween, and that usually means candles. If you decide to put candles in your jack-o-lanterns, make sure the pumpkins are placed somewhere your pet can’t knock them over. If you have a cat, consider forgoing candles in your window sill. They may look nice now, but it won’t be so good when Fluffy’s tail catches on fire. Instead, try some electric candles!
For some pets, especially territorial dogs, having the doorbell ring every five minutes is a very stressful situation. When you throw in a group of costume-clad strangers at the door, it can be downright terrifying! If your pet is going to be upset by trick-or-treaters, keep him or her in a quiet room where they won’t be bothered by the goblins and ghouls visiting the house.
There’s no denying that a dog in a ladybug costume is pretty much the cutest thing in the world. But, your dog might not think it’s quite as fun as you do. If you’re going to dress up your pet, make sure they seem comfortable with their outfit. A stressed-out pet will chew their costume and possibly hurt themselves trying to get it off. If they don’t seem happy when you put on their costume, snap a quick photo and then take it off.
To get the rest of your house ready for Halloween, read: Prepare Your House for Trick-or-Treaters.