It is almost that time of year again, when the little monsters come out and play. Or shall I say, when they come out to trick-or-treat. On Halloween night, it’s not all fun and games, especially for our feline and canine companions. We have to be aware what this special night can mean to them.
Here are some things to look out for when Halloween comes.
If you are one of the many houses on your street giving out candy, make sure you have an easy set for when it comes to giving out candy. This night can be particularly stressful for our furry companions, and we want to make sure it is as stress-free as possible. If you own a cat, the best thing that you can do for them is to keep them enclosed in a safe room in the house for the night. This way we can avoid them making a great escape every time the door opens. You especially don’t want them out during this particular night, because some people may become superstitious when they see a cat and may chase the cat away or injure them. So the best thing for them is to keep them in a room for the time being.
If you are the proud owner of dog, perhaps the best thing would be to have your station set up outside on your porch. This will avoid the trick-or-treaters from ringing your doorbell or knocking. We all know dogs go crazy when this is done, so if we can avoid that, hopefully your dog will be less stressed for the night.
If your dog is one of the rare ones that doesn’t react when the doorbell rings, then make sure they can’t come into contact with the trick-or-treaters. Remember most of the trick-or-treaters will be wearing costumes that can be really scary. This can potentially get your dog scared and stressed and we would hate to see them get like that or worse attack the “monster” at the front of the doorstep.
The same thing goes for when you are walking your dog at night. Try and avoid the busy time when people are out trick-or-treating.
One last thing to be careful for is to not leave any candy unattended where your dog may be able to get at it. We wouldn’t want them getting toxicity from eating too much chocolate or sugar.
Be safe and have a great HALLOWEEN!
Registered Veterinary Technician