Simple tips for a safe Halloween for you and your pet!

Oceanside is a great city to celebrate Halloween for humans and pets alike! The warm summer air and late sunset make it the perfect place to go trick-or-treating. Halloween, like any other holiday, can be a fun celebration for your pets by taking a few precautions to ensure they feel safe and secure!

Ms. Danni in her Halloween costume!

Pet Costumes: Although many pets have no problem being dressed up and paraded around, it is not for every cat or dog. If your pet appears to be in distress or discomfort, consider allowing your pet to dress up in their “birthday suit” or a festive collar and leash!

Your costume: If you plan to take your pet out with you on Halloween, or if you plan to be dressed up around the house, consider forgoing the spooky mask or giant hats. These items can scare or confuse your pet or may spark a territorial instinct if they think you are an intruder.

Safety: If you plan to have trick-or-treaters come to your door, consider keeping your dogs or cats in another room. With the door opening and closing repeatedly, a nervous pet may dash out the door or be frightened by the gools and goblins at your doorstep. Although Halloween is a social time for people, a safe space, with their favorite toys and treats, may be the most comfortable way for your pet to spend the holiday.

Treats: As tempting as it can be for your child to share their Halloween bounty with their favorite furry friend, try not to share human treats with your pets! Many local dog food stores and dog bakeries make special treats for your pets, or consider making some yourself. Our Pinterest page, For Dogs,  has several easy to make dog treat recipes.

Parties: If you plan to go out for Halloween, consider attending a “pet friendly” event. Be it our Howl-O-Ween or another event, a Halloween geared towards your pet will allow them to socialize in a pet-friendly atmosphere, visit with other pets, and these events generally occur during the day in a family-friendly environment –so you and your pet will have a great time!