Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Howl-o-ween!
Frank and Sadie showing off their colourful Halloween costumes. Photo credit: Dog's World Walking (@dogsworldto)
Halloween is supposed to be fun, funny, creepy, spooky, and of course...SCARY! But your pets may not feel the same way. Sure they may like a good party, with tons of treats while watching their best friend trying to do drunken handstands...ok maybe not...but there's a lot going on for Halloween that you need to keep in mind to make your furry family member safe and happy this time of year.
We've compiled a list of all the things you need to do (or not do) to make sure your Halloween is pawesome!
- Trick and dog treats - Keep the candy away from your pet. Especially chocolate! Wrappers can cause intestinal blockage if ingested and candy is full of sugar and artificial this and that. And sugar-free candy may contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs and chocolate is always on the DO NOT list. It can cause serious side-effects including death. Instead give your dogs treats designed for them. A Kong stuffed with Peanut Barker is always a great idea!
- Ding Dong! - There will be tons of people coming to your door and walking and running throughout your neigbourhood. Even the calmest of dogs can become stressed and fearful. Doorbells ringing, people in costumes...it can all be overwhelming for them. Keep your pets in a separate room away from the front door. And if your pup will never be satisfied away from the action, let them relax with a toy or treat (again Peanut Barker in a Kong is great!) until the chaos is over.
- Sorry pawficer, I don't have any ID - Should your dog or cat somehow manage to get out (your door will be opening and closing for hours), make sure they are wearing their ID tags and are easily identifiable. Even if they are microchipped, remember your neighbours have no way of scanning it. And you want Sparky back as quickly as possible right? Another good idea is to put a reflective collar on them to ensure they are seen on the busy streets at night.
- Your dog looks so cute in that cat costume! - Dinosaurs, superheroes, wiener dogs dressed up as hot dogs...all great! But make sure any costume is comfortable for your pet. Their vision needs to be unobstructed, as well as their mouth. And don't put them in anything that can restrict their movement. Also ensure that you remove anything from the costume that can be swallowed. You don't want that vet bill.
- Be a safety minded Martha Stewart - Make sure any decorations are pet-friendly. Candles inside of jack-o-lanterns can burn the curious ones, and an inadvertently knocked over candle can cause serious damage. Cobwebs, light strings, and anything that can be swallowed, should be kept out of reach as well. Oh and if you're having a party, remember your pets are not the legal drinking age. No pints of Sam Adams. Nuff said. Maybe get them some doggie beer instead.
- Lock up your dogs and horses(?) - Don't leave your dog out in the yard and bring any outdoor cats inside. The action in the street is exciting but can have them running for cover and getting lost. And if you have a black cat...well...we hate to say it but even many shelters won't adopt black cats out in the days before Halloween. Ugh.
- But first... - Take your pups out for a potty break before the Trick or Treaters start...well...trick or treating. And when taking them out afterwards make sure you keep an eye on any scattered remains of Halloween candies that may have been dropped by excited ghouls.
We wish you all a happy and safe Howl-o-ween!