CHARLOTTE – Halloween is quickly approaching, which means lots of people, costumes, candy, and decor. So what does this mean if you’re a pet parent? Well, there are definitely some precautions to take and things to consider if your pets will be nearby— or even “participating” in — any spooktacular festivities.
Thinking of putting your pet in a costume? Be sure to consider your fur baby’s comfort with sporting any special attire, and know that he may need a little time to get used to the costume before wearing it for any longer period of time. You should try the costume on your fur baby before Halloween to ensure that it fits well and doesn’t restrict movement or breathing. A festive bandana is also super cute, so no need to force your fur baby to wear a costume if she seems uncomfortable!
If Halloween evening often brings lots of visitors to your door, unless your pet is very social, consider keeping your fur baby in a separate space or room away from the action to prevent unnecessary stress or anxiety. New and unfamiliar faces can make pets nervous, particularly because of costumes and masks.
Last, but not least, remember that Halloween treats are for humans, not pets! Candy – especially chocolate – can be very toxic for cats and dogs. Be sure to keep your stash out of reach of the fur babies — before, during, and after trick-or-treaters visit your house. Have a safe & fun Halloween, and tag us in photos of your festive fur babies if they participate!
Passionate Paws Animal Hospital is a proud member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Waxhaw Business Association.