Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween is a fun time of years for many families and their pets. For some pets, Halloween can be extremely stressful and potentially dangerous. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your pet safe this Halloween

If you have trick-or-treaters coming to your house it is good idea to keep you pet confined to a crate or a room they find safe. If you need to keep your dog loose, you may want to consider having a leash on them.

Make sure your pets are wearing an ID tag or are micro-chipped. There is an increase in lost pets at shelters during Halloween.

If your dog is especially stressed by people coming to the door, you may want to consider calming treats or supplements to take the edge off.

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is toxic to dogs and cats. Keep the treats away from your pets. If your pet does get into the treats, contact your vet right away. Also, since many vets are closed in the evenings, know where the nearest emergency vet hospital is.

Xylitol, the artificial sweetener found in sugar-free candy can be toxic to pets.

Glow sticks are usually non-toxic but they have a terrible taste and may cause excessive salivation. If your pet gets into a glow stick, be sure to give them plenty of fresh water.

Pumpkin and corn displays should not be toxic for pets but it is a good idea to keep your pets from chewing on them. These items are not clean enough for ingestion and may even contain mold.

Many pet parents love to dress their pets in costumes. Make sure that the costume is not stressing your pet out. If your pet is a good sport and likes being in a costume, be sure it is loose fitting and does not cover your pet’s ears, eyes or mouth. If you plan on taking them out in costume you may want to dress them a few times before the big day so they are used to wearing the costume.

One other consideration is human costumes. While dogs rely on their sense of smell they do utilize their other senses as well. Scary masks or makeup can confuse your dog. Capes, wings and horns, etc. may also confuse your pet. Keep in mind that costumes may put added stress on your dog.