BC SPCA is advising people to not dress up their pet for Halloween as this can pose a risk to them.
“It may be quite tempting to dress up your pet but wearing a costume inhibits the animal’s ability to move and communicate through natural body language such as tail wagging or positioning their ears,” BC SPCA said.
“Costumes can cause pets to overheat as well. Pets can still join in on the festivities by wearing a Halloween-themed collar or go for a walk on a leash with a spooky pattern.”
SPCA is also urging people to keep the candy away from their pet as it presents a choking hazard.
SPCA also advises that people should keep their furry friends inside.
“Opening the door for trick-or-treaters all evening long increases the chances that a pet may escape outside. Ensure your pet has at least two forms of identification in case they go missing. Pets should have a collar with tags, ear tattoo and a microchip registered with the BC Pet Registry.”
“Check to make sure your address and phone number attached to the pet’s microchip in the registry is up to date. Give a missing pet the best chance of returning home by making sure they have ID and that the contact information is correct.”
SPCA also advises that pets should be given a quiet room where they can take a break from the parade of trick or treaters arriving at the door.
Pets can have fun playing with Halloween-themed catnip or chew toys away from all the unfamiliar sights and smells.”
While many people love to dress up, go trick-or-treating, or attend Halloween parties, it can be a tough time for the pets.