It’s almost that time of year again when “grown” adults dress up in ridiculous costumes and go roaming around, with or without children as an excuse, begging for candy.
We are here to remind you that this holiday is probably not all that amusing for your pets.
In fact, having hordes of weird looking strangers coming to the door, or even worse, having to roam around with you meeting hordes of weird looking strangers might be downright terrifying.
If you are going out trick-or-treating, just leave your poor dog at home.
And keep your cats safely indoors too. Cats are always safest inside with you, but on Halloween it is especially important to keep your cats – and all other pets – in the house.
Separate your pets from Halloween activities and trick-or-treaters, even in your house.
Put them in a room or area of the house where they can be oblivious to all the coming and going.
Remember that masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet, so even people they know may frighten them.
You don’t want to deal with a dog bite while you are dressed in a Zorro costume. Think about it.
Make sure that all of your pets are wearing tags with current IDs. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities.
Keep candy out of your pets’ reach. Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to them, and certainly, they are not (we hope) accustomed to having any candy, so who wants to spend Halloween cleaning up vomit?
Remember that pets do not know the concept of “costume,” so when you dress them up it is for your entertainment, not theirs.
If you must, at least be careful when choosing a costume for your pet.
No masks, please, and make sure the costume is comfortable and doesn’t pose a risk for injury.
We don’t mean to be party poopers, but really, the best “Halloween” for your pets is spent home snuggling up on the couch with you in your pajamas.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.
Phone (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because people and pets are good for each other.