Want to include your pet in a bigger way this Halloween beyond just getting dressed up in fun costumes? Well, if you have a pet that does well around people and wants to take to the neighborhood with you for some trick-or-treating among the haunting festivities, then be sure to consider their (and others’) safety first. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make plans to celebrate:
- Consider Temperament – Before you make plans to take your pet trick-or-treating with you, first consider their temperament. Do they do well with other animals? How about with strangers and crowds? If your pet has anxieties toward social situations or has a history of aggression toward other animals or people, then it’s best to leave them home. Remember, their safety as well as others’ must come first. Even the most loving of pets can become anxious among others and unfamiliar situations, so use good judgment before you plan to take them on your haunted adventure.
- Check Costumes – As you plan costumes and dress your pet up for the special occasion, make sure you’re prioritizing safety first. All costumes should be appropriately sized for comfort and optimum mobility. Make sure there are no potential choking hazards or pieces that can fall off and be chewed up. You’ll also want to make sure that they can still comfortably wear their collar and leash with the costume on. If you’re going out after dark, add reflective stickers to your pet’s costume so they will be safely visible to all passersby at all times. And, if you have a pet that won’t tolerate any part of a costume, don’t push it. You can just tell everyone they’re your friendly werewolf sidekick!
- Map it Out – If you’re going to trick-or-treat with your favorite four-legged companion by your side, it’s important to pre-plan your route. Remember, your pet won’t be able to last as long as you as the night goes along; they’ll tire much quicker. So, it’s best to plan a local loop so that you can drop them back at home before you head out for more Halloween fun.
- Pack the Essentials – You’ll need the usual necessities on-hand as you venture from haunted house to haunted house. This includes packing doggy trash bags to clean up after bathroom breaks, a bottle of water to stay hydrated if you’re planning to stay out for a good while, and some dog treats. After all, they’ll be watching you and your friends snack on sweet treats all night, so make sure they’re able to enjoy something of their own too. Just make sure you’re only sharing pet friendly treats. Do not share your candy with your pet! Candy and especially chocolate is toxic! So, if you don’t want to spend your Halloween in the veterinary emergency room, keep your candy haul far out of reach at all times.
We hope everyone has a safe and festive Halloween! Remember, always put safety first!