Halloween is an opportunity to spoil your pet rotten and let them join in on the festivities. As the atmosphere around them changes, a pet’s safety is the most important thing to keep in mind.
Get them their own treats
Dog food has pictures of dogs on them and human food has pictures of humans on them for a reason; this food is for those separate groups alone. Instead of making your dog feel special by sharing human food with them, buy your dog their own unique treats. Many gourmet pet shops sell holiday themed treats that look better than the candy your kids will take home.
Dress them comfortably
Make sure before Halloween night comes along that your pet has already been embarrassed by the costume you bought him or her. Put it on them ahead of time and assess how comfortable they look. The first knock at the door may cause your pet to have a quick unnatural reaction or movement that could cause them injury because of an uncomfortable costume. Keep things simple. Your dog looks cute enough without a full body costume.
Pumpkins are the enemy
The same way you would never leave a lit candle where your dog can stick its nose, you should never leave a lit pumpkin out. Pumpkins are food and if you have a dog for more than a week you will know they are willing to eat anything. Not only would fire cause damage to your poor curious pup, an unlit pumpkin if eaten by your furry best friend could cause gastrointestinal problems. Pumpkins are more trouble than they are worth when pets are involved. Think instead of dressing your dog up as one, so long as the costume fits well.
Prepare ahead of time
Have an idea what kind of reaction your pet will have to trick-or-treaters coming and going all night long. Think about putting them somewhere away from the action during trick-or-treat time. Dogs and cats may try to bolt out the door while rabbits and birds may become petrified of the noise. It is hard to anticipate how your pet will react when faced with a ten-year-old vampire holding a pillowcase filled with delicious food.
Show lots of love
The easiest thing you can do for your pet on any day is show them lots of love. Reassure them on Halloween that they are safe. Keep the night as routine as possible for your pets. Halloween is a holiday for people to enjoy. Remember that our pets are doing us a favor by allowing us to behave differently for a day. Praise and hugs go a long way to making the holidays perfect.
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