Place identification on pets. Micro-chipping is a good idea for those pets that seem to always escape from their collars. SEAACA offers low-cost micro-chipping for pets. Your pet’s information will be registered in a national database so no matter where you travel, your pet can be identified.
Halloween costumes are not as fun for pets as they are for you. Be considerate of your pet if dressing them for Halloween. Make sure outfits are designed specifically for pets. Do not constrict breathing airways, vision, smell, or other critical functions. Pets rely on their senses to evaluate their world. If a costume cuts off their ability to detect what's around them they can cause a pet to be very frightened. Be sure your pet is in the mood to wear a costume. If your pet seems uncomfortable, take it off as soon as you get your perfect photo.
Keep your pet indoors, but not at the front door. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours or during a party, for your pet's comfort and the safety of visitors. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
Additionally, sedatives can be prescribed by your veterinarian for highly excitable pets. Keeping pets in also keeps them safe from getting lost or falling victim to being the object of a “trick” played by rowdy revelers. If you'll be away from home on Halloween, leave your pet inside with a radio or television playing in the background. This can serve as a distraction and offer a sense of comfort for your pet. Don't take your pet to a local carnival or even a neighborhood gathering.
Candy and other sweets can pose serious health risks to your pets. Keep treats safely out of reach. They are easily ingested and can make pets quite sick. Candy wrappers can cause an upset stomach and unsweetened, dark, bittersweet and baking chocolate can be toxic to pets, especially dogs that are more prone to eat it.
Keep decorations secure and away from pets. Spider webs, pumpkins and candles create great ambiance for your celebration, but they may be tempting for your pet to play with or eat. Leaky glow sticks can also make pets ill and added wiring for decorations can be chewed to shocking excess. Never leave candles, such as those in jack-o-lanterns, unattended, especially around puppies and kittens. They’re both a fire hazard in the home and burn hazard to curious pups and kitties.
Parents should supervise children. They are not likely to understand the adverse effects that candy and excitement have on pets and may accidentally let the family pet out or share treats with them.
If a pet goes missing, visit SEAACA the very next day. If you don’t see your pet there, keep looking. They may have strayed quite far trying to escape the night’s hubbub.