It’s Halloween and you have been looking forward to wearing your costume. You come out of the bathroom dazzling in flowing robes, a wig and striking make-up. You look to your loving companion Rover, who instantly makes a mad dash for the bedroom closet. What happened?
Pets may become agitated and / or aggressive during the Halloween season. While it is fun to see the children coming to the door dressed as ghouls, princesses, hobgoblins or Sarah Palin, keep in mind that it might be a bit much for your pet to handle. If your pet seems tentative around strangers, it is a good idea to keep them away from all the noise and confusion of trick-or treating activities. An agitated animal is more likely to scratch and bite. Letting them wait out Halloween in the safety and security of their kennel or a bedroom can mean the difference between a happy Halloween or a trip to the emergency room.
Be mindful of your pet’s demeanor when you decide that your pet Doberman Pinscher would look just DARLING in a pink tutu. Flapping panels, headgear or clothing that makes unfamiliar contact with your pet’s body can also cause agitation.
Stick to a few basic rules of conduct and it can be a great Halloween for you and your pet.