While Halloween can be a scary good time for kids and families, it can be a nightmare for pets! This year, take the stress and danger out of Halloween by following a few easy steps:
- Keep treats away from your pets – Halloween treats can be toxic to your dog or cat- especially chocolate, with dark chocolate being the worst. Many can also be a choking hazard due to their size, shape or wrapping.
- Keep pets away from the door – Besides the possibility that Boots may bolt out the door, pets can be stressed or frightened by costumes and noise from Trick or Treaters. It is best to keep them in a room away from the Halloween action. If you use a candle to illuminate your pumpkin, be sure to keep your pets clear to avoid any burns or fire risks.
- Avoid leaving pets in the yard – Pets may become agitated if left outside during Halloween noise and movement. By keeping them inside, you also avoid excited Halloween’ers who may offer your pet treats that could be harmful or mischief makers who could hurt them.
- Leave the dog at home – While taking the dog Trick or Treating with the kids may seem like a great opportunity for a walk, your dog could be frightened by all the people, noise, and costumes and may react unpredictably towards others.
- Exercise caution with burn or fire hazards – Decorative candles and electrical cords should be kept out of reach from curious pets.
- ID’s, please – Always make sure that your dog or cat has proper identification. If, for any reason, your pet escapes or becomes lost, a collar and tags or microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances your pet will be returned to you.