Many of us love Halloween—mostly because we’re old enough to know the tiny goblins and ghouls haunting the neighborhood are little children, not terrifying potential intruders. For pets, however, Halloween can be a scary time. Between ringing doorbells, shrieks of laughter, decorations and the temptation of forbidden chocolate, Halloween is not quite as fun for the canine set. We know you care about your pets like members of the family. Take care of your dog by following these best Halloween practices. If your dog needs further attention, don’t hesitate to bring them to Newkirk Family Veterinarians in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
Keeping your dog happy on Halloween boils down to one basic concept: control the chaos. Multitudes of new faces and loud voices are stressful for anyone, but especially for pets who don’t understand what’s happening:
- Sit outside with the candy: If it’s not too cold, sit on your front steps with the candy. This will block children from ringing the doorbell and causing your dog to bark in defensiveness or fear.
- Try muffling the noise: Turning on the radio, a loud fan or even a Halloween movie on medium volume can help keep the noise inside to a more tolerable level. Instead of their ears pricking up at every last foreign sound, they’ll be more relaxed.
- Have Christmas come early: Distractions work well for pets, especially dogs. You might consider bringing your pet a new toy or two to keep them occupied during the trick-or-treating hours. They’ll be happy, and you’ll be happy to avoid hours of barking or whining.
- Keep candy away from your dogs: Chocolate is toxic to dogs and can cause seizures, tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, high body temperature and even death—never feed chocolate to dogs. In order to prevent them from accidentally getting to the candy, they may need to be kept in another room or in their crate. If you’ve got an escape artist on your hands, consider not buying or bringing home any chocolate whatsoever. It only takes seconds, and the consequences can be tragic.
- Don’t answer the door: Sometimes the best answer to the commotion is to turn all the lights off and enjoy a quiet night in the back room. You’ll miss out on the cute trick-or-treaters, but your furry family members will be calm.
- Board them at a kennel: Finally, if handing out candy is unavoidable or you have an easily triggered pup, consider boarding your dog for the night at your favorite local kennel.
Let us help take care of your pets
With holiday gatherings comes pet stress. Do you have more questions about keeping your dogs safe during Halloween? Let us take care of your stressed out, fuzzy or feathered friends. Newkirk Family Veterinarians in Egg Harbor Township, NJ offers the finest in dedicated veterinary care. For over three decades, we’ve provided area pet owners with skilled, compassionate pet care. Call us today to find out more about how we can help your pets. We look forward to meeting you soon.