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Halloween can be a fun time for children, adults, and pets. However, you need to make sure your pet is prepared of all of the upcoming spooky fun! Fear, anxiety and household dangers can all pose as threats to our pets during the holiday but, with a little preparation, you can ensure that your pet has a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
Be highly visible
Make sure the costume is very reflective so that your pet can be easily seen by drivers. You can buy reflective tape and add strips to the costume.
Check for loose ends and parts of the costume
Make sure there are no loose parts on the costume that your pet can eat. Objects such as loose fabric or buttons can become lodged in the intestines causing an obstruction. Loose parts can also cause your pet to trip or become tangled in the costume, resulting in fear, anxiety and a future dislike of this holiday.
Make sure the costume is not too tight
You should be able to get two or three fingers between your pet and any fabric or tie that goes around your pet, especially around the neck. Costumes that are too tight can restrict movement and breathing.
Do not pick a costume that is too heavy
Your pet could overheat if the costume is too heavy. A heavy costume will exhaust your pet as well as cause them to overheat. Excessive panting or falling behind should signal you to remove the costume.
Use a leash
Your pet may become frightened or spooked by loud or unusual sounds and may try to run away from out of your reach and into ongoing traffic. Make sure to use a strong, reliable leash to keep hold of your pet.
No tricks, no treats
Candy is for tick-or-treaters, not for your pet. Pets may often be tempted to taste treats that are not intended for them. Candy can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Chocolate in all forms is toxic to dogs and cats. Pet stores often carry Halloween themed rawhides and treats that you can give to your pet so they don’t feel left out.
Strangers can be scary
Pets should be kept away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
Make sure your pet has their ID tag
If your pet gets spooked and run away from you, an ID tag will help them return home. We recommend a properly fitted collar with an ID tag showing your pets name and a contact number for you. We also recommend that you have your pet microchipped. His way, if they lose their collar, they can still be returned home if found.
Listen to your pet
If your pet doesn't like their costume they will let you know by trying to take the costume off or by barking/meowing. Costumes may be cute, but they can also be irritating to a pet that does not want to be in one.
Get your pet used to the costume you have selected. Have them wear it several times before the actual day. Your pet will be so busy watching all the Halloween activities that they should not have to worry about some strange new piece of clothing.
If you have questions or concerns about how your pet will handle the upcoming Halloween festivities, give us a call at (540) 943-7577.