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Boo! Does Halloween Stress Your Pet?

Your pets and Halloween

Halloween can be a fun time of year for people. Many times, you will see videos of people with their pets all dressed up for the festivities. This can be a stressful time of year for your pets though. Let’s take some time to look at things you can do to make this season better for your pet.

Stress

Did you know that Halloween and trick-or-treaters can cause a lot of stress for your pet? There is a lot of noise, and things just are not normal at this time of year. Many people and strange noises can be a source of stress for your pet. There are several things you can do to minimize the stress your pet experiences during this time of year. Crating your pet can be a good option for them. They can be near the things that are going on and see what is happening but have the safety of being in their very own space. Are you having a party? You may want to consider containing your pet in a room so that they can not escape out a door. This also will give them a safe space to be without being in the middle of all the noise.

Halloween candy

It is important to keep all your Halloween candy out of the reach of your pets. Chocolate is poisonous to your pet and yet seems to be hard for them to resist eating. Candy many times will contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol. This is also poisonous to your pet. Make sure to keep all candy away from your pets. Make sure your children know not to share these with your pets. A safe alternative that you can use is pumpkin. You can serve them fresh pumpkin and or make pet-friendly treats using pumpkin. Make sure to limit the amount of pumpkin you give because it can lead to digestive issues if you give too much.

Decorations

It is important to be careful when using decorations. Many decorations can be perceived as a threat to your pet. What do your pets do when they perceive a pet? They will attack it in many circumstances. The last thing you want is for your pet to ingest parts and pieces of your decorations. Think carefully before placing out things like fake spiders, worms, and bugs as your pet could ingest the entire thing, and then that could lead to surgery for removal.  You also want to be very careful when using real fire decorations such as candles when you have a pet. They will be curious, and this could lead to them accidentally knocking it over. No one wants to have a fire happen.

Remember one of the best safety tips that you can follow is to have your pet wear proper pet tags and for them be microchipped. This will help increase the chances of reuniting with your pet if you are separated. Make sure to have a safe Halloween and keep it pet friendly in your home.