Halloween is one of my favorite holidays but it can be stressful on my dog, Obi. I try to always keep my pet safe on Halloween so that the whole family can have a fun and enjoyable night. Use these tips to help your dog or cat keep calm and safe this holiday.
There are so many things that can cause your pet to stress and cause harm to himself or others during Halloween. You know your pet best so use the following tips as a guideline to help make a plan to keep your pet safe on Halloween this year.
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Keep your Pet Safe on Halloween Night
Here are a few things to try on Halloween to keep your pet as calm as possible. All of the different noises and sights can cause them so much stress.
Hand out Candy Outside: If you are planning on handing out candy, you may want to just sit outside on your front porch. This will limit the constant knocking and doorbell ringing that usually causes pets so much stress. It makes for a much calmer environment inside the house.
Help Keep them Calm: A great way to help reduce anxiety from hearing everyone outside, is to keep your dog in a safe place. My dog loves being in his kennel, it is his safe retreat. He won’t jump around and accidentally hurt himself every time the doorbell rings.
If your dog doesn’t like being confined, you may want to try using a Thundershirt to help them keep calm during the night. You can also try using a pheromone diffuser to help keep them relaxed, as well.
Keep Pets Inside: Make sure to bring your pets inside before the trick or treating starts. This is especially necessary for cats. Drivers will be out and may not be paying attention.
You may think it would be fun to take your dog out trick or treating but people may be wearing scary masks or get in their faces and your dog could become aggressive. Just keep that in mind.
Keep the Costumes for People: I always wanted to dress Obi up for Halloween for some cute pictures but he doesn’t even like to wear a collar much less a costume. I know that this would cause him a lot of stress so we don’t even try.
If your dog is the same, just keep the costumes for the human family members this year.
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More Halloween Pet Hazards
Here are some ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween and actually leading up to the fun holiday.
Only Give Pet Friendly Treats: Make sure you keep the Halloween candy and treats out of their reach. We all know that chocolate is harmful to pets but “healthy snacks” can be as well.
Raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs and xylitol, which is found in sugar-free candy, can be 100 times deadlier than chocolate!
If you want to give your pet a fun treat, try this Easy Halloween Dog Treat Recipe that I made for my dogs.
Be Careful with Decorations: I love decorating for Halloween! But I have to be careful how I decorate with pets around. Don’t use an open flame because your pet may be able to knock it over and cause a fire. Use battery powered LED lights and candles instead.
Don’t put out any tiny plastic spiders or cobwebs because your pets may try to eat them and could choke. This goes for any wiring as well, if you have a pet that likes to chew, keep them out of reach!
Keep them Busy with a Halloween Surprise: Keep your pet safe on Halloween by giving them something that will keep them busy and out of trouble.
If you want to have some new treats and toys to surprise them with before or on Halloween sent straight to your house, check out PupBox. Every month, your little fur ball will get treats, toys, accessories, and training tips for you.
They send you supplies based on your dog’s age so this is a great surprise for dogs of any age. You can even use code PUP50 to get 50% off your first box.
These are just a few ways to help keep your pet safe on Halloween. You want to be able to enjoy the holiday and not be worried about your little fur baby at home. Be safe and have fun this year!