Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner! Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. However, Halloween can be a nightmare for your pets if you aren’t properly prepared. Check out our tips below to make sure your pet has a Happy Halloween!

Keep the Candy Away From Little Paws!

Chocolate in all forms can be fatal to dogs and cats. There’s also an artificial sweetener found in gum and candy called Xylitol which can be extremely dangerous to your pet. Please keep all candy bowls away from your pets. If your pet digests anything that you suspect may be dangerous, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.

Dress Them Up or Not?

It seems like every year there are more and more pets dressed up in costumes. In fact, Americans spend about $350 million each year on pet costumes! You should only dress your pet up if you know they really do enjoy it. Dressing up a pet that isn’t used to wearing clothes can cause stress and anxiety.

Handing Out Candy? Put Those Pets Away!

If you are handing out candy to the trick or treaters, you should have a plan for what you will do with your dog or cat. Many pets have been known to escape because of the constant door opening and closing.

It is generally best to keep your pets secured away from the door area during trick-or-treating. You can either confine them to one room or use a crate. This will help to prevent an accidental escape from the house and also keep them away from the children in costumes.

Taking the Dog Trick or Treating?

Many families choose to take their dog trick-or-treating with the kids. There are many “spooky” things that your dog may encounter such as:

  • Walking your normal route in the dark
  • Lots of excited children running around in costumes
  • Other dogs that may be in costumes
  • Spooky lights and sounds from Halloween decorations

Only calm and well-socialized dogs should be allowed to accompany you during trick-or-treating. Children can get overly excited and may run right up to your dog and pet them without asking you. This could spook your dog and could potentially lead to a bite. Know your dog’s personality and temperament before you make the decision to take them trick-or-treating to make sure everyone stays safe.

Keep Cats Indoors

Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

Halloween should be a fun and festive time for both kids and pets. Keep these tips in mind to make sure that your Halloween is safe and fun for your pets. Do you have another tip you’d like to share? If so, leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

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