Dear Porky and Buddy,
I love Halloween, but my dog Ernie hates it when strangers come to the door. Do you have any advice about how to make Halloween fun for him, too?
The best way to make Halloween fun for Ernie is to not let him know that it’s even happening.
Imagine how frightened Ernie will be if there are suddenly constant knocks and doorbells, followed by chants of “Trick or Treat!”
And then strangers dressed up in weird costumes.
The best place for all pets on this holiday is a safe, quiet spot, well out of the way of the activities.
Trust us on this.
Dogs like boredom, especially if the alternative is a panic attack!
And don’t even get us started about cats!
Most pets are creatures of habit and they rely on their daily routines and become very agitated when those are disrupted.
For their comfort and safety, the most considerate thing you can do is keep them away from the evening’s activities.
These precautions will help you and Ernie and pets everywhere cope:
Be sure all your pets are wearing collars with ID tags should they escape despite your best attempts.
Keep them all indoors, and away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.
Hide the candy stash; it can be harmful to pets. Chocolate especially is toxic to cats, dogs, and ferrets.
Keep your pets in their own furry birthday suits. Most pets dislike the confinement of costumes and masks and they can suffer injuries if hampered in their movements. You might think they look cute, but they all know that they actually look stupid.
Lighted candles pose an obvious threat, but other Halloween paraphernalia can be dangerous as well. Supervision is key if your pets are anywhere near them.
Hang dangling decorations up high to avoid entanglement and other hazards.
Keep floors clear of items that may end up as your pet’s new chew toy and a choking hazard.
On behalf of pets everywhere, keep them safe and have a Happy Halloween!
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