HALLOWEEN CAN BE FUR-IGHTENING

Protect Your Pets

Pet Costumes

  • Not all pets love dressing up. Don’t force it if your pet is unhappy.
  • Try on the costume early and often so the pet can get used to it before Halloween.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Make sure the costume fits – not too big and not too small or confining.

Human Costumes

  • Make sure your pet can see your face, and that you look like you.
  • Minimize the make-up and don’t wear a mask.

Decorations

  • Flashing lights, cackling witches, and brooms that roam around the house will impress your guests, but they may be too much for your pet.
  • No candles ever.
  • Take care with cords so your pet can’t chew on them, trip or otherwise get tangled up.

Trick or Treating

  • Take steps to prevent your pet’s escape when trick-or-treaters come to the front door.
  • Make sure your pet’s identification information is up to date – microchips are the best form of identification.
  • If you’re heading out for the night, leave the pet at home. Even the best behaved dog can become agitated by coming in contact with too many strangers and strange happenings that night. Don’t take the risk of encountering a mischief-maker out looking to tease and torment the pets they encounter.

Candy

  • No human candy – especially no chocolate for dogs.

Tips for Coping with a Stressed Pet

  • Plug in a pheromone diffuser to create a sense of calm and safety in the home. Learn more about Feliway® for cats and Adaptil® for dogs.
  • Create a safe haven in a quiet room away from all the activity.
  • Put on some calming music – think Mozart not Metal.
  • Designate a family member to be near the pets to offer comfort, support or a much needed distraction.
  • If the doorbell stresses out your pet – meet trick-or-treaters on your front step or porch.
  • If your pet has been extremely fearful in the past, contact your veterinarian for additional tips on how to maintain a calm environment. For extreme cases, pharmaceuticals may be necessary.