I don't know how your pets react to strangers at the door, but Henrietta is hyperactive. When you add a
parade of tiny people in costumes
that are looking for candy, the "frantic" escalates. Granted, Henrietta will be dressed in a Halloween costume but she won't be going door to door!
Halloween, while fun for the kids, can be a stressful time for
your pets, here are some tips to make the day as enjoyable — and safe — for
your pets as possible while allowing you to enjoy the smiling faces of the
- Candy is not good for your pet.
Chocolate can be deadly for dogs any time of the year and at Halloween
when there is more candy than usual lying around, make certain that your
pet can’t get to the stash.
for your pets as the chocolate. If you have a cat, you know that it will
be drawn to the crinkly, bright candy wrappers and while he or she may
just bat it around for a few hours, there is a chance it will swallow some
and it can get stuck in the digestive track.
- Don’t leave pumpkins with candles sitting on
an area where a dog with a large, wagging tail can knock it over. Ditto for the
cat in your house, the flickering of the flame is very alluring to a cat and it
may inadvertently knock the pumpkin over and start a fire.
- If you’re going to be out walking around with
your children to go trick-or-treating and decide to dress up your dog, keep in
mind that unless your dog is accustomed to getting dressed up, donning a
costume in addition to the noise and distractions of Halloween could be sensory
overload. Your pet will be under enough stress and if a costume – while
adorable – could add to it.
- Even if your dog is the most social animal on
a daily basis, seeing children dressed in costumes could turn even the most
docile dog unfriendly. It’s best to keep your dog away from the door while
you’re handing out the treats.
- Another reason to keep your pet away from the
door is that you don’t want it getting spooked and dashing out into the night.
- Keep your cats locked in a pet-friendly room
during the trick-or-treating festivities. If your dog will be calmer in his or
her crate during the time the kids are out knocking on doors, that would be
your best bet to keep him safe.