Spooky holiday pet tips to keep you and your pet safe and happy

Halloween can be fun for people but it can be dangerous for pets. Here are some tips to ensure that your pet has a happy and safe Halloween.

  • Don’t leave your pet outside unattended on Halloween (or on the days preceding or following this holiday). Halloween pranks committed against pets — especially black cats — can be vicious.
  • Don’t leave any lit candles or Jack-o-lanterns where they can be knocked over by a wagging tail or by a curious cat. Not only could your pet start a fire, it could be severely burned in the process.
  • Keep Halloween candy out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate can be poisonous to animals, and candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Consider keeping your pet in a separate room, away from the front door, when trick-or-treaters arrive. Strange people in even stranger costumes can frighten your pet.
  • When you do answer the door, be careful that your pet doesn’t dart outside. Make sure your pet is wearing current identification, just in case.
  • Many pets don’t enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween. If you do dress your pet, be sure that its costume doesn’t interfere with your petís ability to breathe, see, hear, move or bark.