As you and your loved ones head out dressed in your spookiest best for some Halloween trick-or-treating, your furry companies may be right by your side hoping to get some treats of their own. Whether a witch, a dragon, or maybe even a lobster, it’s estimated that 16 percent of households will have their pets decked-out in festive costumes this Halloween. Mermaids, bees, superheroes and Star Wars-themed outfits are this year’s top pet picks. But, if you plan to take your pet out on the town tonight, do keep safety in mind.
First things first – before you take your pet out dressed in costume, make sure that your pet even wants to wear one. While some won’t mind being dressed up, others may feel restricted and uncomfortable which will ultimately stress them out to the point where they start acting up out of fear.
If your pet does feel comfortable dressed up, make sure that the costume allows for easy movement and isn’t restrictive or confining. It’s also best to avoid costumes that hang to the ground that could cause your pet to trip or get caught up.
If your pet’s costume includes a mask, be sure that they have full vision. If the eye holes are too small, cut them to a more appropriate size. This way no one can sneak up and surprise them, due to lack of peripheral vision, causing unnecessary stress.
As you and your pet head out for some trick-or-treating fun, keep in mind that other pets and pet owners will be doing the same. So, if you know you’re going to have some four-legged visitors stop by your front door, keep some dog treats on hand so everyone can enjoy the festivities.
Once you come back home and the night’s fun is over, be careful to put your treat bag far, far away from your pet, especially the chocolate. Any amount of chocolate is bad for your pets, so keep it in a safe place. Also watch out that you don’t lose any candy wrappers, as these can also be hazardous to your pet.
While there’s nothing more fun than carving and lighting up a jack-o-lantern on Halloween, keep in mind that lit candles could be a problem for your pet. We all know that pets can get a bit rambunctious, and when that happens, they might knock things over. A simple jump here or there, or even a wag of the tail, could knock your pumpkin over and start a fire. It’s best to keep lit pumpkins and candles in higher places to avoid any accidents.
Halloween should be a fun time for everyone, and if you follow these safety tips, you’re sure to do just that! For more Halloween pet safety tips visit the ASPCA. Happy Halloween!