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Portrait of couple of dogs in disguise for Halloween

Dogs in disguise for Halloween

Candy? Check. Spooky Spotify playlist? Check. Hot dog costume for your Dachshund? Check. There is much to love about Halloween, and for all of us pet owners it can be a fun opportunity to dress pets up.

Although we think of Halloween as full of innocent fun, many pets can easily become stressed or be put in compromising situations. The constant ringing of the doorbell, strangers walking around in the dark, unattended candy bowls, and even some pranks can cause pets undue stress and increase their risk of illness or injury.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have a pet-friendly Halloween. Our pet safety tips are here to help you have a spooky (but not so scary!) night:

Set Up Your Pet

The sights and sounds of Halloween night can be anxiety-inducing for even the calmest of pets. Keep pets in a safe, quiet room to escape the chaos. It’s not uncommon for pets to slip out of open doors and gates on Halloween, so make sure pets are wearing ID tags and have up-to-date microchip information.

Decorations

Spooky decorating is one of the most beloved of the Halloween traditions, but it’s important to keep your furry sidekick’s safety in mind before you begin: Jack-o’-lanterns can be irresistible to curious pets, but the lit candle inside could pose a danger if knocked over – consider using battery operated lights. Electric cords can lead to electric shock if chewed on so be sure to secure electric cords or place them out of your pet’s reach. Some pets are frightened by moving figures, noises, and flashing lights of animatronic displays. If these decorations make your pet anxious, save them for Halloween night and place them where your pet won’t see them.

Treats!

Before you dump that bag of mini Kit-Kat bars in the bowl and set it down near the front door, it’s a good idea to know what treats are most toxic to your pet. Some of the common causes of pet poisonings that occur during Halloween are the result of pets eating the following items:

  • Chocolate
  • Anything containing Xylitol (a sugar substitute found in gum and sugar-free candies)
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, and other nuts

If you suspect that your pet has ingested something poisonous, please call us immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Costumes!

original_sam-henderson-handmade-halloween-dog-costume-business-man-beauty-v-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-966-1288While there’s nothing cuter than a pug in a cheerleader outfit or a kitty weoriginal_sam-henderson-cat-halloween-costume-chef-beauty-vert2-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-966-1288aring a tutu, pet costumes can be a major concern.  Steer clear of any costume that will restrict your pet’s vision or movement, or that is making him or her visibly uncomfortable.

That being said, some pets don’t mind playing dress-up and enjoy the attention they receive. If you haven’t chosen a costume yet, check out some of the DIY suggestions from HGTV which include “Business Dog” and “Chef Kitty”:

Wishing you and your pet a fun, safe, and happy “Howl”-oween from the whole Goldorado team!