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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween is a fun night of fantasy and dress-up for children and grown-ups alike. Here are a few tips to keep the evening fun for your pet as well:
  • Keep pets safely inside, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities to ensure they don't become frightened or feel threatened at the sight of noisy costumed children.
  • Cats - especially black cats - can be targeted by pranksters. Owners are advised to keep their cats safely indoors on Halloween.
  • With the commotion in your household on Halloween night, frequently opening doors to trick-or-treaters can give your cats the perfect opportunity to escape unnoticed. Consider keeping your cat in a separate room with the door closed.
  • For dogs, you might consider putting them on their leash, placing them in their crates, or confining them to another room with a baby gate. Be sure all pets wear collars with ID tags in case they accidentally escape.
  • Of course, microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure your pet's safe return.
  • Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic and potentially life-threatening to cats, dogs, and ferrets.
  • Keep pets away from decorations. Flames in jack-o-lanterns and candles can quickly singe, burn or set fire to a pet's fur. Pets can become tangled in hanging decorations like streamers and can choke on some decorations if they chew on them.
  • Resist the urge to put your furry friend in full costume. As adorable as it looks to us humans, most pets dislike the confinement of costumes and masks. A printed bandana or fun collar can be just as cute and often more comfortable for your pet.
  • Don't bring the family dog along for trick-or-treating. This is an exciting, busy evening in many neighborhoods. It's natural for your pet to become overwhelmed by the energy, noise, and confusion of the festivities. Don't let your night end with a dog bite.