5 Things to Help Your Pet Have A Spooktacular Halloween
Wearing a costume can cause unneeded stress on our fur babies. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit their movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. They must also love it!
Don’t be surprised if you're wearing a costume and your pet doesn’t recognize you. They might even be frightened! To help them become comfortable with your festive apparel, have your dog or cat watch you put it on. Throughout the night, you should take of your mask (or parts of the costume) to show your pet that it’s still you underneath the clothes.
Keep your pet safe and secure inside of a bedroom or other area in your home. With the doorbell ringing, youngsters shouting “Trick or Treat,” and strangers at your door every few minutes, pets can become frightened easily. This fear can lead to aggression (barking, growling, or even biting) or can result in a panicked dog or cat escaping out the door. We never want a pet on the run, especially on a holiday.
Spooky decorations go hand in hand with Halloween, but can quickly turn worrisome - or even fatal - if you have curious pets. While many seasonal plants, such as pumpkins and decorative corn are nontoxic, they can lead to upset tummies in animals if eaten.
All Halloween goodies should be reserved for trick-or-treaters of the human variety. Dogs are especially sensitive to a chemical called theobromine found in chocolate. This compound is found in all types of chocolate, but dark and unsweetened baking chocolate is the most dangerous. Ingestion of chocolate can cause vomiting, excitement, urinary incontinence, tremors, heart arrhythmias, and seizures.