Halloween is here! Whether you are taking your pets out trick-or-treating or staying home and passing out candy, be sure to follow these helpful tips to make your pet’s holiday less stressful.
1. Keep pets away from all candy
- Treats are delicious to children and adults, but can be dangerous to pets. All forms of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be dangerous, even lethal for dogs and cats. The wrappers of candies can also prove to be a choking hazard.
2. Do not leave pets unsupervised out in the yard on Halloween
- Cruel pranksters could tease, scare, injure, steal or even kill your pets on or around the Halloween holidays. Black cats are especially susceptible to Halloween pranksters. Be sure to watch your pets very closely a few days before and after to make sure they are safe.
3. Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins
- Animals can be attracted to the light of a Jack-o-lantern. Be careful with the open flames of the candles in them, pets can burn themselves or light their fur on fire. Also, even though pumpkins are relatively nontoxic, your pet could experience a gastrointestinal upset if they are to ingest them. Or worse, an intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed.
4. Keep your pets away from the front door
- Some cats and dogs may frighten children, and vice versa. Put your pets behind a closed door when costume kids come knocking. This will also prevent your pets from running outside in to the night.
5. Do not dress your pet in a costume if they are reluctant
- Try the costume on before “The Big Day.” Make sure that your pet is comfortable, can see, hear, bark/meow, and is able to move in their costume. Do not force them into a costume if they are scared. If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, while in a costume, simply try a bandana or nothing at all.
6. Keep a tag on your pet on Halloween
- If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. If they have a microchip, you may need to call the microchip company or log on to their website to update your personal information.