Many people are planning to dress up their pets to take them trick or treating with the kids. But Halloween can be stressful for pets. For some dogs, Halloween can be the most stressful day of the year. Kids running around in costumes and people ringing the doorbell can be scary for animals. Then there's the Halloween candy-it is more of a bad trick than a sweet treat for animals. I talked with a local vet and dog trainer about how pet owners should prepare for tomorrow night.
Dressed up as a snake, batman, Donald Trump, pets like Halloween as much as we do, that is, if their owners take a few precautions.
"Does the costume fit appropriately? Is it too tight? Is it too loose? Is the dog gonna trip over it? Dogs can get injured just by tripping over a costume. Is it blocking sight or their ability to breathe?" said Angela Falcsik, Pawsitive K-9 Obedience.
And costumes are just the start. Pets can get into all kinds of mischief on Halloween. With kids running around in costume, the trick or treat environment can be confusing and stressful for dogs.
"You want to make sure you're watching your dog's behavior, and if your dog is showing any signs of hesitancy, shaking, fear... if they're licking their lips a lot or salivating or salivating a lot...those are all signs of stress," said Falcsik.
Dogs under stress can act out, so be sure that people do not aggressively approach your dog, especially in costume. Let your dog go to them. and some just can't handle the chaos, so it's best to keep them inside, in a crate with a towel over it, so they don't hear the doorbell.
"Give them something to do. Don't just shut them out. But give them something to do, an interactive toy," said Falcsik.
Anything to do but get into the candy. Emergency veterinarian Mark Williamson says he sees the highest number of sick dogs at this time of year.
"Chocolate is probably the biggest concern we have at this time of the year. It can be very harmful. Also our gums have a lot of the artificial sweetener xylotol, and that can be very dangerous as well," Mark Williamson, Lansing Veterinary Medical.
Keep the bag of candy out of your dog's sight, so this Halloween isn't scarier than it needs to be. If your dog does get into the candy, take them to the vet right away.