Humans love going all out for the spooky holiday coming up, but it’s important to keep our pets in mind. They don’t love being spooked nearly as much as we do.
Create a Safe Space
When it comes to trick-or-treaters, make sure your pets have a safe place in your home to hide out. This should be a space where they are comfortable and feel safe. Even the friendliest of company-loving pets can get overwhelmed by the repeated ringing of the doorbell, and high pitched cheering of children.
Keep Them Busy
In addition to making sure our pets have somewhere comfy to hide out, it’s not a bad idea to make sure they have something to keep them occupied. Giving them somewhere else to direct their focus will help them with any additional anxiety. Whether that’s a few new toys or catnip for your kitties or a peanut butter filled toy for your dog, keep those pets busy!
Keep Treats Out of Reach
Before and after the holiday, keep those pets out of the candy bowl! It’s not just the chocolate you have to worry about. Sugar-free sweeteners (namely xylitol) can be harmful to your pet. If you suspect your pet has ingested some candy, call us (802)223-7765 or call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Decorations Can Be Dangerous, Too
Decorations can also be harmful to your pets. Opt for battery operated lights in your pumpkins instead of real candles to prevent pets from knocking over pumpkins and setting anything on fire. Some decorations have wires that pets can chew on, or pieces and parts that can harm pets if they nibble on them.
Costumes for pets are cute, but make sure your pet isn’t uncomfortable. Not all pets like being put in clothes, and it’s important to make sure your pet is on board before subjecting them to wearing a costume. If they seem uncomfortable or nervous, if the costume restricts their breathing or sight in any way, it’s best to let them skip the costume. If costumes have small pieces or parts, these can also be choking hazards for the curious pets. Opt for a festive bandana or collar if you really want your pet to dress up for the festivities.
Keep Them Up to Date
Make sure your pet is properly identified. If your pet does happen to get outside, make sure they have visible identification. Make sure their collar, tag and microchip are all up to date. Holidays are when we see the highest number of pets go missing.