Halloween is a fun time for us and our family, but can be a scary time for our pets. Imagine being in your dog's shoes where suddenly everyone in your world is dressed up as monsters and your once private, quiet home is being bombarded with strangers! Even the most well-mannered dogs can suffer from anxiety during Halloween. It's important to remember that what may be fun for us, isn't necessarily fun for our pets, and it's our job as their guardians to advocate the best we can for them.
In this article, we will discuss 5 ways to keep your pet safe and calm on Halloween:
1) Be Your Dog’s Leader
Be your dog's leader: If you already know that your dog will be leery of costumes and people coming to your door, go ahead and put them in another room, or crate, away from the action. This signals to your dog that there is no need to worry about what is going on and that you've got everything handled. This will take the stress off them and enable you to enjoy your guests. If you have cats, make sure you provide them with something high to climb on or a nice quiet place to escape.
2) Double Check Your Pets’ I.D.
Double check that your pets have ID's on them: This goes without saying, but always make sure that your pets are wearing proper identification tags and or/have microchips that are properly registered. You can stop by the clinic and we can scan your pet to see if they have a microchip.
3) Keep Chocolates and Candies out of Reach
Keep chocolates and candies out of reach: Chocolate, raisins, grapes, coffee, sugar free gums and certain candies, just to name a few, can all be toxic to our pets. Please make sure to keep any candy out of your pet's reach, and if your pet does ingest a potentially toxic food, contact REACH at 828-665-4399 or the Pet Poison Helpline.
4) Keep Your Pets at Home
Keep your pets at home: It may be tempting to take your dog with you as you go trick or treating but even the most well natured dogs can react differently to dressed up children or adults. The best way to take the stress of Halloween off your pet's shoulders is by leaving them at home either in a quiet room or crate. We can also recommend natural supplements to help your pet stay calm.
5) Be Mindful of the Placement of Your Holiday Decorations
Carefully place your decorations: Wagging tails and candle lit pumpkins don't go together. Neither do fun decorations and mischievous cats. If you know your pet is prone to getting into trouble, it's best to keep decorations out of their reach.