How to Ensure Your Pets Have a Fun Halloween
We aren't the only ones that get spooked on Halloween, your pets do too! Halloween is a fun time of year, but it can be a stressful time for your furry friends. Purina posted an article 'Halloween Safety Tips for Pets' that addresses questions owners may have to ensure their fur balls have a good time on Halloween. Here's what the trusted Purina experts and veterinarians Dr. Marty Becker and Dr. Ragen McGowan suggest.
People walking the streets scouting out houses for candy can cause your pets to be upset. Not only will your pet wonder who's coming up to their house, but they could get out of your yard to investigate. In regards to keeping your pets indoors, the article states, "Dogs of any temperament can be upset by strangers in costume. And cats, even those familiar with roaming the neighborhood, can easily avoid being frightened, taunted, and possibly harmed." So cuddle up and turn on your favorite scary movie instead.
Let's face it, you probably wind up eating quite a bit of "trick-or-treater" candy. It happens. Candy isn't only appealing to you, there's a good chance your pet is eyeballing it too! According to the article, small amounts of candy can cause your pets to vomit, have diarrhea, and be poisoned. An even scarier fact is that "small amounts of dark chocolate and the artificial sweetener Xylitol can be fatal, depending on your pet’s size." So it's best just to be safe and keep all candy out of reach and sealed. You can, however, purchase some pet-safe Halloween treats. That way you don't feel as bad when those big, puppy dog eyes are staring up at you.
Yes, it's adorable. But, not every pet is happy with being dressed up. If your pet seems bothered by being dress up, you probably should just try a festive collar instead of a full out costume. According to Purina, "outfits that are easily put on and taken off and that do not constrict your pet’s head and neck are often the best. There are other important costume considerations too including materials that are flammable or cause overheating." Every pet is different, so do what you think is best for yours.