Halloween Candy is not for pets
Make sure that candy and other Halloween treats are kept out of reach from curious wet noses. All forms of chocolate (especially dark and baking chocolate) can be extremely toxic, even fatal for pets to consume. Candy that is artificially sweetened with Xylitol can also be toxic for dogs if ingested. The wrappers, foil and cellophane packaging can cause internal blockages, stomach upsets and more. Err on the side of caution, and keep all of the Halloween treats safely out of your pet’s reach.
Choose a comfortable and safe costume for your pet
Dressing up your furry friend for Halloween can seem like the cutest idea ever! Make sure the costume is not too tight and does not restrict movement. Check that it also does not interfere with their vision, hearing or going to the bathroom. Not all pets will tolerate a costume. Try on your pet’s costume in advance of the big day; if they seem to react badly to it, acting distressed or showing abnormal behavior, consider forgoing the full costume for a festive bandanna instead.
Keep your pet safely inside during Halloween
Even a dog that is good with children and strangers can get overwhelmed or scared if your neighborhood gets busy with ghosts and goblins overtaking the streets on Halloween night. Keeping all your pets confined safely inside during Halloween can be a good idea. Keeping them in a separate room out of sight of the door, and turning on a TV or radio to drown out the sounds of Halloween can make the evening easier on your pet. The calmest dog can get spooked and run out an open door.
If you do decide to take your dog out during Halloween, make sure they are on a secure leash. The sight of frightening creatures out and about in their neighborhood may cause a usually-friendly dog to bark, growl or snap at an unsuspecting reveler coming in for a friendly pet, or take off across the street after a perceived threat.
If you have an outdoor cat, it can be a good idea to keep them inside for a few days as well, protected from any pranksters and animal cruelty-related incidents.
Make sure your pet has proper identification
Even a well-behaved pet may dart outside during an opening of the door, and Halloween is not an evening you want to be searching the neighborhood for your escaped furry friend. Make sure pet can be identified (microchip, collar and ID tag).
Keep your pet’s safety in mind when decorating.
Going all out with festive decorations can be a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday, but make sure your décor is pet-friendly. Keep any electrical cords and wires tucked away or taped down so they cannot be chewed on. Remember that lit jack-o-lanterns can become a fire hazard with the swipe of a tail. Those spooky spider webs can get caught in fur, faces, and paws pretty easily. Pumpkins, gourds, and decorative corn husks, while usually nontoxic, can still cause stomach upset if ingested.
Halloween can be an exciting holiday to celebrate, but take a few moments to consider your pet’s safety, to make sure the whole family has a frighteningly good time!
Have a SAFE and HAPPY Halloween!