Halloween is right around the corner, and while this is a festive day for people, it can sometimes be a bit scary for our pets. Below are some tips and tricks to keep this exciting holiday from being an outright spooky and stressful experience for your furry friends:
- Keep the Halloween treats out of reach. Candy, especially chocolate, can make your pet sick and can even be fatal.
- Put your pets in a separate room away from the door during peak trick-or-treating times. This will help reduce stress associated with constant visitors in strange costumes. It will also prevent them from darting outside when the door is open.
- Keep your pets indoors. Pets that are out at night with trick-or-treaters might get spooked by noises and costumes, which could cause them to run away.
- Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If, for any reason, your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar, ID tag and microchip can be lifesavers, increasing the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
- Wires and cords from decorations should be kept out of reach, as they can be dangerous if chewed. Your pet could cut or burn himself or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about what we’re really here for: the fun, funky and hilarious Halloween pet costumes (we can see the Insta–collages already!). But before you and your pet win Best Couples Costume of 2018, let’s make sure these adorable, well-planned costumes won’t lead to a frightful night for your critter:
- Don’t restrict your pet’s ability to walk and sit down comfortably.
- Avoid making your pet wear a mask that covers his eyes, ears or nose.
- Don’t put your pet in a costume that makes it difficult to breathe. This is especially important for flat-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs and Pekingese.
- Always supervise your pet while in costume. Pieces of the costume, when chewed, can pose a choking hazard.
- Read your pet’s body language when he’s wearing a costume; if he looks miserable, he probably is.
- Alternatives to dressing up your pet could be a festive bandana or collar.
Most importantly, have a safe and fun Halloween. Remember, if you’re in the market for a cat, dog, small pet or horse, visit us at the Dumb Friends League. All our pets really want to be for Halloween is adopted!
Looking for a pet of your own to (appropriately) dress up? Check out our adoptable pets today.
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