Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, the most important concern is making sure this holiday is a treat and not a trick for our dogs and cats. So follow these easy tips to ensure a smooth night on Oct. 31st.
1. Unless your pet really loves wearing a costume, skip it this year. Putting on a costume can cause undue stress. If you are dressing your pet up, make sure the costume is safe. There should be no parts that restrict his ability to breathe, see, meow, or bark. Also watch closely for allergies to the costume material.
2. Costumes for pets, children, and adults often have small decorations on them. Make sure that nothing is on you or your pet’s costume that could cause your animal to choke.
3. During trick-or-treating activities, keep your pet in a separate room away from the front door. All those costumed goblins and ballerinas can cause your pet stress. This also will keep your cat or dog from escaping out the front door. Be careful with the jack-o-lantern. Pets can knock them over and start a fire or burn themselves.
4. The most important concern is making sure this holiday is a treat and not a trick for our dogs and cats. Unfortunately, animals can be the targets of malicious pranks on Halloween. Kepp all your pets indoors, especially the black kitties.
5. Remember that the candy is for humans only. Chocolate especially is very dangerous for dogs and cats. The artificial sweetener xylitol is also harmful. If your pet does ingest something toxic, call us or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888)426 4435