My cat Merlin likes to play dress-up for Halloween and other holidays, as long as the costume doesn’t cover his face at all. He prefers to keep it simple, such as the Halloween necktie he’s wearing in the photo, or a simple bandana with a holiday theme.
While Halloween festivities, costumes, candy and decorations are enjoyable for people, they might not be as much fun, or as safe, for our pets.
Keep Halloween treats out of reach: Candy is in abundance on Halloween, making it essential that we ensure our pets are at paws length to avoid sickness. No chocolate for pets! Also bad: raisins, artificial sweeteners and wrappers.
Identification is key: Because of the chaos of the neighborhood crowds, pets might get spooked and run away. Make sure to have proper identification on your pet to help you be reunited if the pet gets lost.
Fire is not pet-friendly: Jack-O-Lanterns and lit candles should be kept away from pets to prevent injury.
Comfortable costumes: If you want to dress up your pets so they can participate in Halloween festivities, it’s important to make sure the costume allows them to move, see, breathe, drink and hear. Choose a costume that is streamlined and without any nibble-able pieces.
To glow or not to glow: Glow sticks and jewelry are commonly used on Halloween. However, the liquid and small pieces can be quite harmful to pets if ingested. Chewing on glow sticks can cause mouth pain, irritation and drooling, and ingesting a glow stick can cause intestinal blockage. Remember to keep these costume elements far away from pets’ mouths.
Stranger danger: Your pet is bound to come into contact with many new people and animals while greeting trick-or-treaters. If your pet tends to be wary of strangers, put them in another room to avoid the commotion and prevent injury to either the pet or trick-or-treaters.
Trial run: If you will be wearing a costume, try it on a few days in advance in front of your dog,so he knows it’s you. If you’re hosting a party, make sure your dog is comfortable interacting with people he has never met and those who may have their faces covered.
This is a partial list, cobbled together from the following sources. For more information visit these webistes:
American Veterinary Medical Association, avma.org