Halloween can be particularly difficult for our dogs because of the new noises, doorbells ringing, crowded streets and people in costumes. Even though it can be a stressful time for animals, with a little planning we can make it a stress-free holiday for our four-legged family friends. Here are some tips that can be useful:
Candies are not for pets. Remember that human treats are not usually good for dogs. Chocolate can be dangerous for dogs and cats, as well as candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol, so no chocolate or candies for your pet.
Keep pets away from the door. Since strangers will be dressed in costumes and yelling for their candy, our furry friends will probably be very scared. Besides, dogs are territorial and may become anxious and bark at trick-or-treaters.
Choose the right costume. You could prefer your dogs in their natural state, but if you dress them up, remember that their costumes should be made with the same care as those for children. The best dog outfits are those that do not hinder a dog’s legs, cover the face or flair out on the sides. Dress your dog during the calmer time of day.
Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween. Consider putting your pet into a room with a toy and some relaxing music.
Trick-or-Treating is for humans. You might think your dog loves heading out to see the children dressed up in costumes, but our four legs friends might not be as enthusiastic when it comes to crowds, loud noises and unruly children.
Keep pumpkins and corn out of reach. They are relatively nontoxic; however, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset if our pets ingest them in large quantities.
Beware of candles. It’s very important you avoid the use of candles if you have pets, especially if you do decide to have your pet to wear a costume.