Spooky. It’s almost Halloween again, and who doesn’t love dressing up and eating candy? Just remember that any special day calls for some extra thought when it comes to your pets.
If your dog or cat isn’t happy in their costume, take the picture, and then take the costume off. We all love to dress our pet, sometimes more than our furry friends love it. You know your pet well enough to know when they’re not happy, so if they seem like they’re not enjoying the experience, respect their needs.
Avoid costumes that restrict any of your pets senses. Anything that potentially restricts their eyesight or hearing is very frightening and dangerous to your pet.
Avoid any face coverings that restrict your pet’s breathing. As well as being dangerous, your pet may well become panicky if they feel their breathing is restricted.
Avoid any costumes which restrict your four legged friends mobility or may cause them to trip.
Make sure costumes don’t have any small buttons or parts that may be chewed off and eaten. Your pet may choke on small pieces, or the piece may become lodged in their intestine and need to be removed surgically.
Always supervise your pet closely while he or she is in costume.
Don’t let your pet get into the Halloween Candy. Chocolate can be fatal to dogs. Sugarless gum and anything containing xylitol can cause low blood sugar and liver failure. Raisins have been linked to kidney failure. If you think your pet has eaten any of these things, call us right away at 416-469-1121. A veterinarian will need to induce vomiting and hospitalize your pet for supportive emergency care. If we are closed, call your closest emergency veterinary hospital.
Keep your pets indoors. All pets are at risk from increased traffic on your street. Cats, particulary black cats which have long been associated with Halloween, are at risk from Halloween pranks that get out of hand.
Keep an eye on your pet throughout the evening, and keep them away from the opening door. Increased noise, foot traffic and people coming to your door in potentially intimidating costumes may cause your pet to become anxious, and he or she may bite or scratch unexpectedly. As well, there’s always the risk that your pet may try to escape–make sure he or she is wearing tags and a reflective collar.
Warn your children not to approach or pat any unknown animals throughout the evening.