Celebrating Halloween Safely

Keep your pet happy and safe on the spookiest night of the year!  Below are reminders and tips to keep in mind as we celebrate Halloween and the holiday season with our furry friends.

  1. 1.  Stash Treats
  2. Sugar-free candies (containing xylitol) and chocolate are toxic for cats and dogs, so make sure to keep the candy bowl far away from your four-legged family member!  If your pet does eat something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or local animal hospital immediately.  Symptoms of poisoning can include vomiting, rapid breathing, diarrhea and seizures.
  • 2.  Watch the Wires
  • Decorating for Halloween and the holiday season is fun, however your pet may be curious about the new decor!  Make sure electric cords are out of reach from teeth.  Your dog or cat could get cut from shards of plastic, or be seriously hurt from an electrical shock.
  • 3.  Be Wary of Costumes
  • Are you planning on dressing up your best bud?  Nix the costume idea if your pet is anxious or uneasy in it.  Make sure the costume fits well and can’t get tangled or cause a potential choking hazard.
  • 4.  Don’t Leave Pets Unattended Outdoors
  • Trick-or-treaters parading the streets in costumes may stress out your furry friend.  Don’t leave a dog in the yard on Halloween, and consider bringing your outdoor cat inside in the days leading up to the big night.  Black cats, especially, are at risk of being the victim of a prank during Halloween.
  • 4.  Make Sure Your Pet is ID’ed & Watch the Door
  • Kids in costumes arriving at the door may also cause undo anxiety for your pet. Keep a close watch on your pet as trick-or-treaters arrive, and consider leaving your pet in a secure room away from the front door.  Make sure your pet is microchipped and properly identified, should they ever get loose!