Halloween is supposed to be scary, but not for your pets.
Humans have the option to enter haunted houses, play creepy music and jump out of dark corners. Your pets are definitely not going to enjoy those same experiences. But there are plenty of ways to help them have a happy and safe Halloween without raining on your spooky parade.
Pet Treats Only
This should go without saying, but we are saying it anyway. Do not feed your pets your Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum). Both of these ingredients can be toxic to pets. The amount of either that will cause medical problems for your pet depends on the weight of the pet, how much they consumed as well as factors such as dark chocolate vs milk chocolate. Play it safe and call your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has consumed any amount of those items.
Make sure your pet is properly identified in case he or she escapes while you're distracted with adorable trick-or-treaters at the front door. A collar with a tag is your first line of defense and will probably result in the fastest return, but having a microchip with updated contact information is ideal in case something happens to the collar. All veterinary hospitals and animal shelters should have microchip scanners and contact you if you pet is found.
Keep All Fire-Hazards Away from Pets
Fire season is already busy enough without your pet knocking over the jack-o-lantern or spooky candles. Be extra cautious if you have a clumsy dog or a cat that likes to climb on things. Sometimes it is safer to opt for battery operated lighting.
Keep Your Pet Calm
If you have a pet that gets really nervous with all the knocking and doorbell ringing, not to mention scary costumes, you may want to consider CBD for pets. This is a natural option to keep your pets calm during life’s scary situations. Don’t forget to order ahead of time and try once or twice to find out what works best for your pet. Receptra CBD for Pets is a great additive to many pet treats or can be given directly.
Pet Costume 101
Even though they might be the cutest thing ever, your pet may not enjoy wearing a costume. Make sure to try it on before Halloween to make sure they aren’t going to lose their mind. Make sure your pet’s costume fits properly and seems comfortable. Be certain that it doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, especially if you have a pet that likes to chew things. A good costume won’t interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
Halloween for Pets
Pets are members of the family and should be taken into consideration for all holidays and get-togethers that may be out of the norm. A little thoughtfulness on the part of you, the responsible pet parent, can go a long way in making sure your pet has a Happy Halloween.