We LOVE Halloween and know many of our friends in nearby Atlanta neighborhoods do too. While it’s all about the kids, the costumes, and the candy, we can’t forget our fur balls and need to make sure they’re kept safe and healthy…especially with all the spooky CHOCOLATE laying around.
Here are a few tips to help make the Halloween festivities enjoyable (and safe) for Fido too.
- Don’t force them to wear a costume. Of course we love to see your fur balls dressed up in their Halloween best (don’t forget to post a photo and enter our Howl-o-ween photo contest!!) but if they really just aren’t feeling their costume, don’t force it. You don’t want to risk injury or anxiety. Snap a quick photo and free them of their embarrassment 🙂
- Keep an eye on them, especially around the candy bowl. During the excitement of sorting through your trick-or-treat bags, it’s vital that you keep Fido away from the candy. We suggest putting them in their crate or in another room while you’re checking the candy, and keeping it in a locked storage container well out of your pet’s eye line.
- Avoid chocolate, raisins, xylitol, and all other candy. Trust us, it’s not worth risking their health for one tiny piece of candy and honestly, they’ll enjoy a dog treat as much as they would enjoy a Reese’s bar.
- Keep them in a secured location during trick-or-treating. Have a pup who likes to dart out the front door? It might be a good idea to crate them or keep them in a locked room during trick-or-treat hours to reduce the risk of them darting out the door to partake in the festivities. We always suggest they were proper collars with ID tags just in case!
- Keep them away from candles and live flames. Both dogs and cats are often interested in the unknown, so consider using an LED tea light for your jack-o-lantern instead of a live flame.
Don’t forget to snap a photo of your pet in their Howl-o-ween costume, post it to social media, and tag The Village Pets for your chance to win FREE PET SITTING!
Halloween might look a bit different this year but nonetheless, we’re wishing you a safe, healthy, and joyful Howl-o-ween season!