It’s that time of year again, time for warm pumpkin-spice lattes, glowing jack-o’-lanterns, and fun, spooky costumes. Halloween is here, and though the day and evening should be fun, it can also be frightening, especially for our pets.
Our dogs and cats can become more scared than be scary during this time of year. Between haunting music and flowing, glowing costumes, our animals may end up being more frightened than Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween!
The number one thing we can do to help our pets at this time of the year is to keep them safe and secure in our homes. With the doorbell ringing constantly by trick-or-treaters, the front door opening, and the get-ups those munchkins wear, our pets can bolt out the door in fear. So, keep your furry friends safe in a room in the house with comfortable bedding, familiar toys, and maybe some soft, soothing music playing.
Other ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween include:
Read more Halloween safety tips from my blog last year here: http://www.gaylemirwin.com/blog/archives/10-2017.
Watch a video created by the American Veterinary Association here: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/halloween.aspx.
October is drawing to a close, and that means Halloween is on the horizon. While most kids, and many adults, enjoy this time of year, our pets can become agitated, frightened, even lost.
Here are a few safety tips to help your pets during the next few weeks:
If you decide to dress up your pet for Halloween and have the time to create a costume, here’s a link to a cute DIY strawberry costume, complete with instructions: https://www.berries.com/blog/strawberry-costume-diy#dog.
I once dressed Cody, my cocker spaniel, as a fireman – I thought he looked cute, but he didn’t seem very impressed with the idea!
For additional Halloween pet safety tips, visit http://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_multi_halloween_safety_tips.
May you, your children, and your pets enjoy a safe, stress-free Halloween!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.