Calling All Cats, Dogs and Ghouls: It’s Halloween!
I hope you have your costume ready for Halloween! I have a couple costumes, not sure which one is my favorite. Which one do you like? I have a bridal veil, a Puss and Boots suit and a reindeer suit, which may be more Christmas than Halloween.
It’s an exciting, spooky time of year. I don’t mind dressing up if it’s for a short time as long as I’m doing so in a safe way.
Here are some safety tips for any pets that will be attending Halloween festivities or will be joining their family on trick-or-treating adventures:
- Monitor your pet’s temperature.
It’s easy for pets to overheat in their extra layers of costumes, and since they are unable to voice their discomfort or temperature it’s important to check in on them every half hour or so. If your dog is panting or becoming reluctant to move, try either loosening the costume or removing it completely to make your pet more comfortable. If your pet overheats easily, you may consider forgoing the elaborate costume and decorating their collar instead!
- Don’t let strangers feed your pet suspicious treats.
While most people you encounter will have good intentions when giving your pet a treat, just like you have to be careful with the candy that your kids receive while visiting the houses of strangers, it’s important to make sure your pet doesn’t receive any treats that are poisonous. If you think your pet may have been in contact with a laced treat or found something bad on the ground, call our office immediately.
- Practice basic commands.
It can be hard to juggle young children and a pet on a leash, so practice basic commands such as, “come, sit, stay” before Halloween trick-or-treating. Should you drop the leash or if the costume prevents your pet from being as secured as usual in the collar, you want to make sure that your pet will not venture too far away or get caught up in the crowd.
Hope to see some of you in costume soon!
Until next time…Keep smiling, life is good!