No, s/he does not want to wear that outfit. Yes, s/he probably looks adorable, but just don’t do it. It is cruel and unusual punishment. Please don’t tell me they love it – they don’t, you do.
IF YOUR PET IS FREAKED OUT EVERY TIME THE DOORBELL RINGS, DON’T GIVE OUT CANDY
Seriously, why would you make your cat or dog suffer for hours on end? The neighborhood kids will still have plenty of candy in their bags if you don’t participate. The teenagers and adults shouldn’t be trick-or-treating anyway. If you do feel peer pressure (or worse, HOA pressure), leave out a bucket of candy with a ‘please take one’ sign. Everyone will ignore it, but you will be doing your part and your pet won’t be jumping out of his/her skin every five minutes.
IF YOU DO PLAN TO GREET TRICK-OR-TREATERS, DO NOT KEEP BRINGING YOUR DOG OR - GOD HELP ME - CAT TO THE DOOR AND KEEP ASKING YOUR PET “GUESS WHO THAT IS!”
All the lights and sounds and smells are enough to confuse your pet. Don’t make them have to identify friends or others in weird outfits, faces covered, scents masked.
MAKE YOUR PETS FEEL SAFER
Even the friendliest dog or most chill cat can become stressed from the flurry of activity Halloween brings to your door. Chose a room where you pet can stay behind closed doors until all the shenanigans are over. Play some soft music or keep a TV on. Provide them with calming treats and mist the air with a flower essences formula like Stress Stopper.
SECURE THE CHOCOLATE
This is serious. Dogs love chocolate and can sniff it out. Some dogs will even eat through bags to get at it. Theobromine is extremely toxic to dogs. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, Toxic doses of theobromine are reported to be as low as 20 mg/kg, where agitation, hyperactivity and gastrointestinal signs (such as drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea - all which may smell like chocolate) can be seen. At doses > 40 mg/kg, cardiac signs can be seen, and include a racing heart rate, high blood pressure, or even heart arrhythmias. At doses > 60 mg/kg, neurologic signs can be seen, and include tremors, twitching, and even seizures. Fatalities have been seen at around 200 mg/kg (approximately 100 mg/lb), or when complications occur.
These are pretty simple rules to follow. Your pet will thank you with kisses and snuggles.