How to Keep Your Pets’ Safe and Calm During Halloween!
19 October, 2016
Three adorable dogs wearing Halloween costumes including super hero, bumble bee and witch

How to Keep Your Pets’ Safe and Calm During Halloween!

Halloween is almost here and while it’s a fun and festive holiday, it can be a very scary one.  Parents are always careful to make sure their kids are safe, don’t talk to strangers and are always in plain view at all times.  The same concerns can and should apply to your pets.  Some pets love the festivities while other pets are frightened by all the action.

Below are some reminders to help keep your pets safe and happy during Halloween:

Keep your dogs and cats away from the door and in a separate room

Keep your dogs and cats confined in another room and away from the door. Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, can be very frightening for our furry friends.  Dogs (reasonably) may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters, scaring everyone.

All outdoor cats and dogs need to be inside on Halloween

Keep all outdoor cats and dogs inside for the night.  If you do take your dog out for trick-or-treating, make sure they are on a secure leash and, of course, have id tags.

Halloween candy can be dangerous for your pets

As most pet parents know, chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. And, candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems for your pets.  It’s important to make sure all candy is out of your pet’s reach (or paw).

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach

While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Not all pets like to get dressed up!

If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure the costume fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your cat or dog’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume or really throughout the night.

Make sure your pets have proper identification tags on Halloween

Make sure that your dog or cats have their proper identification which is especially important on Halloween. If for any reason your pet escapes, a collar, tag and/or microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

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