October 31st is fast approaching, and you know what that means. It’s time to dress up into your spookiest outfits and celebrate Halloween.
As fun as Halloween can be, there poses many dangers to your beloved pets. If you’re not careful with your “treats” you could be “tricked” into spending a lot of money on vet bills.
So how can we keep our pets safe this Halloween?
Be Careful with Treats
We all love eating our Halloween treats, but we must make sure our pets don’t eat them, as many of our treats are highly toxic to our pets. If you don’t want your pet to miss out on all the fun, make sure you have plenty of pet-safe treats available. We have a huge range to pick from in-store, or you could make your own paw-some treats to give them.
Costumes are a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween and there’s no reason why your pet can’t be included. Just ensure your pet is okay with being dressed up and it doesn’t cause them any stress.
It is important to make sure the costume doesn’t restrict movement, sight, or their ability to breathe. If your pet refuses to wear the costume, don’t force them to. As cute as it might seem to you, the stress and anxiety it can cause your pet isn’t worth it.
The same can be said when it comes to your own outfits and costumes. Does your pet frighten easy? Do they get stressed around new things and strangers? Then it is probably best to keep your pets away from the hustle and bustle of Halloween night. This way you’ll keep them safe, physically, and mentally, especially if you live somewhere where trick-or-treating is common. Or if you are having a dress-up party which could provide too many unknowns for your pet to handle.
If you’re going to dress your pet up it’s a good idea to introduce the costume slowly, if your pet isn’t used to wearing clothes. Offer them positive reinforcement and have them try on the outfit multiple times in short bursts leading up to the day, that way it won’t be a such big adjustment for them to wear it on the night of.
When done right, dressing your pet up for Halloween can be a lot of fun, for both you and them.