Hallowe’en is not for pets.
Loud noises from fire-crackers, doorbells, and excited costumed children at their door are all strange and frightening to dogs and cats. Injuries or worse can easily happen when dogs or cats escape from the house or your control and dart into traffic. Unfortunately there have been cases reported where dogs were so panicked they have jumped through windows and screen doors. Farm animals can stampede and injure themselves. Pets and animals can become so startled they could run off and you may never see them again.
Whether you are going out trick-or-treating or handing out treats at the door, protect your dogs and cats by keeping them inside, and keep farm animals in the barn.
Dogs in costumes are cute but… they will be at a disadvantage when encountering another dog with their communication skills inhibited and a fight could erupt. So, dress them up, take their picture, then remove the costume and leave your fur-friend safe at home. Another good reason to leave your dog at home is that many dogs will try (and succeed) to eat candies dropped on the ground resulting in a costly emergency trip to the vet.
Before the fun begins, choose a room in your home that will be away from the noise. Make sure there is a door than can be securely closed. Close the curtains/blinds and turn on a radio or TV to muffle sounds. Bring your pet(s) into this room with their necessities and a few comforts too. Help them relax and close the door, with them on the other side.
And, now you’re ready to enjoy the fun!