October is an exciting month. The trees are changing colors, the weather is nice and cool, and if you’re Canadian, you get to celebrate Thanksgiving. (November for my American friends) But aside from that, October 31’st – one of my favorite holidays – HaLlOwEeN!
I admit, I love Halloween. I love picking out costumes for my kids and my pets. I love taking them out walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors. I love the whole experience. BUT… for us pet owners, there is much more than just children to worry about on Halloween.
There are some dangers that come with October 31’st when it comes to the safety of our pets, so today, I am going to share 5 tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.
I can’t stress this enough. Every year there are so many warnings saying how dangerous chocolate is for pets. Yet still every year dogs and cats are getting rushed to the vet because they found the stash of Halloween candy. Lets face it, it can happen to any of us. You know that whole better safe than sorry line? Don’t underestimate your pet, and the length they may go to in order to find that candy bag. Just be on the safe side and keep it put high up where you KNOW there is no chance of an accidental candy bag burglary.
2. Halloween Means Lots of Kids Knocking on Doors All Night Long
It is best to keep your pets away from the door when you answer it. Some costumes might trigger a fear in your dog that you didn’t even know they had. And it is quite easy for a cat to slip out while you are admiring the kiddies costumes. So best to keep your pets put in a different room for a few hours during Halloween night.
3. It Is Always Recommended to Leave Your Dogs at Home if You Have Kids of Your Own That You Will Be Accompanying on Halloween Night
I know it is tempting to put a little costume on your pooch and bring them door to door with you, but it really isn’t the best idea. There are lots of scary things to a dog on Halloween. Not just the costumes, but those witches, skeletons and goblins people use to decorate. Especially the ones that make noise.
4. If You Use Candles in Your Jack-O-Lanterns, Make Sure Your Pet Cannot Get to Them.
You could be risking a burn, or some singed fur.
5. Finally, Do Not Leave Your Dog Out in the Yard During Halloween
People are cruel… and can do some pretty scary things during Halloween, so it is best to not leave your dog unattended.
Halloween for pets isn’t all bad though. If you are out shopping for a costume for your pet, do your best to find something lightweight. Something your pet isn’t going to mind too much. Don’t keep their costume on for too long, and just keep their comfort at the top of your list. And while your pet won’t be able to join your kids (and you) while muching out on Halloween goodies – there are some yummy Halloween treats you can find at your local pet store to include your pets in the fun.
What are your thoughts on Halloween?
Do you dress your pets up?
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.