It’s getting close to that time of year when trick-or-treaters appear at your door with bags to be filled with holiday treats. While many people enjoy Halloween, most pets do not. Pets can become alarmed by frightening costumes, and can get in danger if they get into candies, or scary situations. Purina experts and vets, Dr. Marty Becker and Dr. Ragen Mc Gowan, have provided a few suggestions on the Purina Pet Care website for keeping your pets happy during this holiday. They are worth noting!
- Keep your pets inside for Halloween. Be sure they have proper identification in case they get out and wander away to avoid frightening scenarios.
- Keep candy well out of their reach. Most pet owners know that chocolate is a “big no-no,” but consuming other candies can also promote illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting, and even poisoning.
- In the weeks and days before Halloween, use your doorbell or knock before you enter your own home, and ask visiting friends to do the same. It will allow pets to get used to the noise. Reward your pet with a safe treat for not barking at the sound of the doorbell or knocking.
- It’s best to choose a Halloween-themed collar and leash for your four-legged family member, rather than a costume. Pets do not typically like elastic around their head or neck area, and some material can result in overheating.
- Consult your vet if your pet is easily alarmed to obtain a prescription to help keep him or her feeling calm and secure while the ghosts and goblins are in your neighborhood.