Keeping Pets Safe and Happy on Halloween

Keeping pets safe at Halloween includes decorating, trick or treating, candy care and cleaning up at the end of the night.

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Halloween can be great fun for children and adults alike. Unfortunately, it can also be a great source of stress and danger for your pet. It is important that we be aware of the issues that pets are presented with. We need to take the proper steps toward keeping pets safe and happy on Halloween night. In the weeks before Halloween I see many of my doggy clients reacting to decorations by cowering and hiding behind me. Some whimper or bark at the decorations in the neighborhood. I try to find alternate routes for our walks where there are no decorations or where they are more subtle. This is an indication that Halloween night will not be fun for your doggo.

I am neither a veterinarian nor a medical professional. The information in this article has been researched and sourced at the end of the post if required. All safety and medical issues or questions regarding your pet’s health or symptoms should always be brought to the attention of your veterinarian for clarification, assessment, advice and treatment.

Taking Your Dog Out Trick or Treating

Taking your pet out with your family as you trick or treat may be a very unpleasant experience for them. If your pet shows signs of discomfort within the first few houses, it would be best to return home and let him stay in while you head out for an evening of fun and excitement. When a dog has already shown signs of discomfort with houses that have been decorated, as my clients have, it will only be intensified when the ghoulish sounds and loud music, lights and noises emanate from the amazing creations that some people construct at their homes.

Keeping My Dog From Being Afraid at Home on Halloween

Black cat with wide green eyes looking afraid.
Keeping pets safe and happy on Halloween includes decorating, trick or treating, candy care and cleaning up at the end of the night.

If you are just staying home a shelling out candy, your pet can still be affected by the activity. Even the most well-trained pup can become stressed and react in an unusual manner. They may become afraid and run out the door when you open it to greet the trick or treaters. Others may become aggressive and possibly bite when confronted with scary costumes. Flashing lights that are used for child safety can also cause a negative reaction. Because of this, it is best to keep all of your pets, confined to a quiet area where they will not be exposed to the door or able to escape. They will feel more secure and guests will be safe as well. Also, be sure that you have a collar with contact information and ID on your pet and/or have them micro chipped, just in case.

Keeping Your Dogs Away from Halloween Candy

At the end of a very exciting night, it is common to pour out the contents of the candy bag to see all of the goodies you have received. As many of these treats can be poisonous to dogs, especially chocolate, it is important that you sort your candy on a table. Use a large bowl or basin to avoid dropping it on the floor. Pups are quick and will quickly scoop up any droppings. Perhaps you could offer some healthy dog treats so that your furry friend can join in on the fun! All candy should be stored away from the reach of little paws to ensure ongoing safety.

Clean Up All Halloween Decorations to Keep Your Dog Safe

When the costumes are removed and the glow sticks come off, be sure that any small pieces are put away. Glow sticks are poisonous and should be safely disposed of.

Halloween is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for families. By keeping these safety tips in mind, you can be sure that everyone will able to enjoy the evening.

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