Halloween can be a creepy time of year but that's no reason for your pets to get spooked. Here are some tips to keep pets safe and happy:
No Tricky Treats - the candy bowl is not for your pets, no matter how cute their costumes are. Be sure to keep Halloween treats out of reach of pets. If you think your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
Avoid Decoration Disaster - Pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Use battery-operated candles and keep real pumpkins out of reach. Be careful with decor that your dog or cat can get tangled in.
Pet Costumes Aren't for Everyone - Some pets may hate wearing a costume and could become stressed. If your pet enjoys dressing up, make sure the costume does not limit his movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also ensure there are no pieces that could become choking hazards.
Trick-or-Treaters Can Be Scary - Some animals don't enjoy hearing the doorbell ring constantly or trick-or-treaters clamoring for sweets. Confining your pet to a quiet area of the house with a treat-filled kong and possibly some music might be how they prefer to spend Halloween.
Beware of Door Dashers - With so many visitors your front door will often be opened. Some pets might become scared and try to escape while others might want to join the Halloween fun and follow some trick-or-treaters out the door. Either way, keep pets confined with a gate or in another area if your pet is an escape artist. Also for dogs, this is a great opportunity to practice his sit-stay and wait at doorways. Be sure to practice before the big night.
Don't Leave Pets Outside - Sadly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. Keep your pets inside and safe before and during Halloween.
ID is key - If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the right identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal, but microchips offer permanent identification. Make sure the information is up-to-date.