Halloween can be a good time for everyone – there are many adorable costumes for people and animals to choose from, and it’s not hard to find a party, or trick-or-treaters to help you celebrate. The celebration will be full of good memories, if you keep a few things in mind.
The candy that is around at Halloween time is tempting to our pets. Any candy that contains chocolate could be potentially poisonous. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical similar to caffeine. When ingested in large enough quantities, pets can become agitated and hyperactive, and develop tremor or even seizures. They also may vomit and have diarrhea. Raisins are toxic to pets, and so any candy with raisins should be kept well away from them. Some sugar free candies and gum contain xylitol, which is toxic, causing hypoglycemia and liver damage.
Small pieces of jewelry, costumes, or decorations may cause trouble for our pets if ingested. If they cannot be passed through the digestive tract, it may require surgery to remove them. Keep these things away from your furry family members.
Costumes are fun for us, and our pets look so cute in them! In order to have a successful Halloween costume event, it would be a good idea to start early getting your pet used to wearing the costume. Many dogs and cats are not accustomed to wearing clothing, or having anything on their heads – and may panic when placed in a costume. Start slow, with small pieces of the costume on for short periods of time, and give rewards to the pet for tolerating the costume. This way, your pet will be more likely to have a positive association with his/her Halloween getup, making showing off more fun for everyone. Remember not to leave any pet unattended in a costume.
Think about your pet and his/her social skills ahead of time when making Halloween plans. If he/she does not like company, or gets nervous around new people, it would be best to find a dark, quiet part of the house for him/her to stay until the festivities are done. If your pets are the life of the party, then have them help you give out candy to Trick-or-Treaters, or take them along while you go door to door. You may want to have a couple of safe dog treats on hand to give to canine Trick-or-Treaters who come to your home. Make sure that your dogs are wearing their tags, in case they get away from you in all of the excitement. It is better for black cats to stay inside on Halloween.
By following these tips, everyone should have a “ghoulishly” good time this Halloween!