Our pets look adorable in costume, but when it comes to Halloween they’re not as enthusiastic as we are. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe and secure while candy and ringing doorbells take center stage for the night.
- Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they escape through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.
- If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving.
- Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
- Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.
- If your pet is wary of strangers or tends to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place.
- Keep your pet inside.
If you have an anxious pet, call your veterinarian to discuss options that best fit your pet’s needs.