Halloween & Your Pets
When it comes to Halloween, most of us enjoy taking part in the frightening festivities such as decorating our house like a haunted mansion, dressing up like our favorite ghoul or maybe just sitting and watching Michael Myers go after Laurie for the 100th time while we snack on some sweet treats in the dark. Sounds like an awesome Halloween doesn’t it? Well..maybe just for us. Halloween can be a very stressful time for our four-legged mummies and can actually put them at risk from a number of hazards. Here are some tips for keeping them safe and relaxed at Halloween.
1. Vamping the home
Do you love taking part in the “who can scare ya better” contest? Who doesn’t? Don’t let us stop you from participating in a fun tradition, but just keep a few things in mind while placing those skeleton decorations. Candles are a popular choice for most homes, however, they are a risky fire hazard for any curious pet that may accidentally bump into them and knock them over. They can also cause some nasty burns so make sure that they are in a place where your pet won’t be so curious. Love your small plastic spider rings? Maybe not such a great idea if we have pets that enjoy tasting things. These plastic decorations or toys can cause blockages, which in most cases requires surgery or can be a choking hazard.
2. Spooky Sounds
You have done it…you have created the best haunted house/Halloween party playlist and cannot wait to try it out on those trick-or-treaters. If your pet has a tendency of being afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks, chances are they are also going to get spooked as much, if not worse than the kids knocking on your door. Excitable trick-or-treaters can be intimidating for your pet, especially when they travel in large groups. Even very sociable animals can become nervous in unfamiliar situations. Keeping your pet in a quiet, separate room with their favorite toy can help keep them calm and occupied while all of the ruckus is going on. This also reduces the risk of them slipping out the front door and getting lost.
3. Don’t Dress to Impress
We love dressing our pets up for Halloween and taking hundreds of pictures! If you are a lover of costumes, be sure to get a costume that will not cause your pet any distress or that restricts their ability to move. Your pet can become entangled causing injuries or even strangulation. Costumes with rubber bands in particular should be avoided since they can dig into your pet’s skin and cause a lot of discomfort. If your pet becomes agitated, they may be inclined to chew on the costume and then next thing you know you have 2 buttons instead of 6! Ingesting any part of their costume may result in GI upset or possible surgery to extract that foreign body.
4. Tricky Treats
As we dump out the pillow sacks (do kids still do that?) of candy on the floor and we start to separate them into our favorite categories we become so excited that we forget about how much our pets would LOVE to eat that candy! If it smells good to you, imagine how good it smells to Fluffy. Make sure to leave your pet in their “safe room” until all of the candy has been categorized and put away in it’s out of reach, pet safe location.
Don’t let these suggestions put a damper on your Halloween plans! You can still Monster Mash and dress up and have a great time, just take a few minutes to remember that even though we are having fun, Fluffy may be scared stiff.