pom halloweenHalloween is one of my favorite holidays and if you’re like me, you love giving out candy to all the children and seeing their Halloween costumes. But unfortunately, Halloween night can be stressful for our dogs and cats. I recently learned that Halloween is the second most common holiday to lose a pet, the first is the Fourth Of July.

We open and close our door many times and even if  there’s a storm door, children will often prop it open while we are handing out candy. Dogs like to greet people at the door and they can easily slip out in all the chaos. Kitties who like to dart outside can slip out without anyone noticing since they are so small.

Ideally, try to confine the pets to an area of the house where they don’t have access to the front door. Don’t leave them in the yard unattended during the time you are giving out candy. Make sure they are wearing collars with current ID tags.  If they do get out, someone will be able to contact you when they find them.

If your dogs are prone to anxiety, try a Thundershirt or putting them in a room with the TV or radio on. You can also talk to your vet about possible medications to give them for the evening.

And of course, remember to keep all the candy out of your pet’s reach!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!