While many people love to dress up, go trick-or-treating, or attend Halloween parties, it can be a tough time for our pets.
From loud fireworks, to a non-stop ringing doorbell, along with people in costumes, the sensory overload can create panic for our furriends. Frightened animals are more likely to run away from home; jumping out of open windows and potentially darting into traffic. When a pet is stressed, they may show out-of-character behaviour, sometimes biting or scratching people.
Planning ahead for your pet will give them a better chance at being happier and calmer during the festivities. Here a few tips to keep them safe this Halloween.
Keep your furry friend inside
Pets who stay indoors have fewer opportunities to confront trick-or-treaters. Some pets do well left in a separate room with the radio or television on to mask the various Halloween-related sounds. Leave plenty of toys in the room for your pet so that he doesn’t think he’s being isolated as a punishment. If your pet finds the doorbell disturbing, consider disconnecting it for the night. Alternatively, you can leave a bowl of treats near the door outside where trick-or-treaters can help themselves. That way, they won’t knock or ring the doorbell – at least not until the bowl is emptied.
Is your pet’s identification current?
Dogs and cats may try to run away if they feel threatened by all the hubbub. This is a fantastic time to ensure your pet’s identification is up to date. If your pet has a microchip, tattoo or license, make sure it is registered with the BC Pet Registry. If it is registered, take the time to make sure important contact information, like your address and phone number, are all correct. Clear, current identification is your best chance to have them returned to you.
Keep the candy away from your pet
Candy can lead to health problems such as diabetes or obesity, and chocolate is especially dangerous because it contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. Keep human treats well away from your pets and give them pet-safe treats instead.
Leave home without them
If you think it would be fun to bring your pet trick-or-treating, your pet may not share your view. The strange sights and sounds of Halloween can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened.
Avoid costuming your pet
Dressing your dog in a costume inhibits his ability to communicate. In the confusion, your dog may display aggressive behaviour towards you, or to other animals.