Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Sep 30, 2015 02:32PM
By North Hills Monthly magazine
Between ringing doorbells, scary disguises and easy access to candy, Halloween can be a scary and dangerous time for pets. Animal Friends offers tips to keep pets safe and healthy during the Halloween season:
- During neighborhood
trick-or-treat hours, safely confine your companion animal in a room of your house
away from the front door. The constant opening of the door provides easy
opportunities for quick escapes outside. Be sure that your pet’s identification
tags and microchips are up-to-date just in case she ever does escape and become
- Don’t bring your dogs trick-or-treating!
The costumes, noise, music, yelling kids, lights and decorations can be
frightening and stressful for many dogs.
- Keep all candy and wrappers out
of your pet’s reach. Chocolate and
sweeteners like xylitol are poisonous to pets. Some pets like to tear open
crinkly wrappers and may ingest foil or paper as a result. If your companion
animal does eat a significant amount of candy, call your veterinarian
immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
- Understand that costumes can be quite scary to your pet. Pets are often suspicious of new things. Never tease or try to scare a pet while you’re in costume, because even a friendly pet may feel threatened and feel compelled to scratch or bite.
- Be wary of outfitting your home or yard with decorations that can cause a hazard to your pets, such as cobwebs, glow sticks and plastic decorations (which can look like toys but are a choking hazard). Also, be sure to cover and hide all electrical cords.
Keep Jack-o’-lanterns and other
flammable décor safely out of your pet’s reach.
With a little care and planning, your pet’s Halloween can be safe and fun. For pet-safe Halloween activities, you can visit Animal Friends this October! Check out our events calendar at www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org/events for listings of all of our howl-o-ween events!