Pets and Halloween

Aspen Johnson

Did you know, or care to know, that over $350 million dollars have been spent for pet costumes? Someone is making bank on the decision to make pet costumes. Halloween isn't just for adults and their children any more, it's for every one in the family; including the pets.

So you walk down your neighborhood street Halloween night and see hundreds of children running around with worn out parents, you observe the candy being handed out and sticky hands running to the next house on the block. Looking closer, you can see dogs pulling on their leashes and possible a cat or two as well, they're dressed up to of course. But you start to wonder, what happens the next morning when the candy is piled up on the table (some taken for the candy tax) and there's the cat, knocking it to the floor and hundreds of empty torn wrappers littering the carpet. The cat has an evil grin and the dog looks sick, which means it's time to go to the vet.

But let's back up to a couple of days and look at preventing that trip to the vet. So I'm here to give you some pets and Halloween safety tips. 

 1. Halloween is frightening for a pet; scary monster knock on the door (that you willing open and hand something to,) kids in strange clothing running and screaming, and not to mention the spooking noises and bright lights coming from the yard. Without proper identification on, your pet bolts out the door and into the night. Barking, hissing, growling, meowing. But they're gone, so getting your pets microchipped and the information updated on the chip would be a good idea; keeping a collar with an ID tag on it is not a bad idea either.

2. You've arrived home after a very successful Halloween outing, put the kids to bed, and take the candy you want out of their buckets. Your dog looks mournfully at the bucket and a little bit of drool escapes his mouth. There was this one house you remember that asked if you would like dog treats as well as candy, so you dig through the stash to find the sample sized bag of dog treats. You're amazing! Your dog loves you once more, but he can't get to the chocolate so it is put up on a high shelf or in a drawer that the dog can't open. 

3. If you fear your dog is going to lash out and nip someone, keep him or her in a kennel or bedroom with the door shut. A wire kennel is great since they can still their surrounds and can be placed in the living room within sight of the door. If alone in a bedroom, a radio playing soothing/relaxing music may help in keeping them calm.

That's all I have for now, but be sure to check out my helpful links below!

 As always and until next time,
Aspen Johnson

 

Helpful links:

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Halloween - Hill's Pet Nutrition

How to Make Your Cat Feel Safe on Halloween - Hill's Pet Nutrition

7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet - AVMA

The Most Soothing Music for Dogs Is NOT Classical by Lauren Rearick

Scientist Create the Perfect Music for Cats by Mihai Andrei



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