Halloween may look a little different across Canada this year, but no matter how you’re celebrating, certain spooky things can brew some scary situations for your pets. No matter what Halloween looks like for you this year, consider it from your pet’s perspective to make sure everyone has a good time.
Here are some tips and tricks to take the terror out of your pet’s Halloween:
- Keep a close eye on the treats. Halloween and candy go hand in hand. While you enjoy your treats, make sure you keep them out of reach from curious pets. Chocolate is very dangerous for cats and dogs, hard candies are a choking hazard, and candy wrappers can block up the intestines. Sugar-free candies that contain xylitol are also dangerous for your pets. If you suspect your pet consumed something harmful, call the vet right away.
- Choose comfortable costumes. Pet costumes seem to be getting cuter and funnier all the time but it’s important not to put your pet in a costume unless you know they love it. The photo op isn’t worth the stress you could be causing. Additionally, be careful with your own costume. Masks, capes, bright colours and makeup that change your appearance could also be stress-inducing for your pet.
- Keep jack-o-lanterns outside. A flickering candle is never a good idea when pets are around. Candles are particularly enticing for cats to play with, and pumpkins can look like a fun toy for some dogs. Lit jack-o-lanterns can be easily knocked over by a curious pet and cause a fire. Avoid a dangerous situation by keeping jack-o-lanterns outside.
- Decorations can be scary! If you decorate your house for Halloween, pay attention to what things might look and feel like for your pet. You want your home to be a safe place for your pet but displaying odd objects (like a fake skeleton) might make your pet uncomfortable. If you want to decorate your house, slowly show your pets the decorations. If they are scared or aggressive, find something a bit less intense to put up.