Holiday times can be joyful or a source of stress for all of us, and that goes for our pets, too!
With some advanced planning and a little training, you can make things more festive and fun for your pet(s) and less stressful for you!
And … just like what we tell ourselves at the beginning of each holiday ….. try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.
Pets can be very sensitive to changes in their environment and routines.
During holidays, we take time off from work and school, house guests come to stay, or visitors roll through the home in droves ….. Try and preserve a few of your pet’s routines: regular meal schedules, walks, exercise or play sessions, and arrange a place in your home for “quiet time.”
Here 10 tips for making Halloween safe and calm for your pet(s):
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.
- Don't leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.
- Keep pets confined and away from the door.
- Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.
- Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
- Don't keep lit pumpkins around pets.
- Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.
- Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll love it.
- Try on pet costumes before the big night.
- IDs, please!
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