Here are some common sense tips for keeping your pet safe and happy during Halloween.
If you have a black cat, keep him securely indoors for several days before and after Halloween. When Halloween falls on certain nights municipalities may declare specific dates for trick-or-treating, and that official night might not be the same as what is on your calendar. Sadly, there are sick and misguided people who will wish to do harm to black cats in their Halloween ceremonies. Don’t let your cat be one of them.
Cats of all stripes may be upset by the commotion of a constantly-ringing doorbell and act unpredictably. Many will hide, but danger awaits those who panic and run outdoors where cars, dogs and other cats may injure them. Ensure that every cat is secure for the duration of possible exposure to upsetting circumstances.
Does your dog become upset when fireworks are set off, when visitors arrive, at thunder or loud noises? He, too, may need special care.
If your dog requires tranquilizers for storms and fireworks, be sure to have some on hand prior to Halloween. And, remember that the best effect from tranquilizers is achieved when they are administered before excitement begins. Ghoulish visitors usually arrive just before dark, so give the medicine accordingly.
Some dogs may even become aggressive toward front-door visitors and avoidable bites may occur. If your dog is excitable keep him securely away from public areas.
Dogs like our Pearl simply cannot resist a special “people treat,” so be sure that your trick-or-treat candy is well out of pets’ reach, lest gastrointestinal upset keep everyone awake all night. Worse yet, a life-threatening case of pancreatitis could occur and you could find yourself at the veterinary emergency hospital all night.
Halloween was made for happy. Let’s keep it that way by planning ahead and keeping it safe.