Skip to main content

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Sep 30, 2015 02:32PM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine

By Katie Kurylo, Communications Coordinator, Animal Friends

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 lost.
  • 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!

Pets Pets at Halloween Halloween safety Halloween dangers
  • 2018 Lucky Number

    12/16/2017
    10:00AM

    The Sisters of Divine Providence are pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 Lucky Numbe...


  • Family Volunteer Days

    12/16/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Global Links, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian aid organization, has always valued children as cap...


  • Orchard Hill Church December events

    12/16/2017
    10:00AM — 10:00PM

    North Happenings: Christmas Eve at Orchard Hill Be a part of this wonderful family celebratio...


  • Phipps’ Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden is magical, bigger and better than eve...


  • A limited run of the National Aviary’s new free-flight bird show Bird Brains opened with a stella...


  • I Made It! Market

    12/16/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    — I Made It! Market, Pittsburgh’s nomadic indie craft marketplace, is traveling to the North Hill...


  • Ring Pittsburgh concerts

    12/16/2017
    03:00PM

    Ring Pittsburgh, your community handbell choir, cordially invites you to join us at our holiday p...


  • Saturdays Singles Dance

    12/16/2017
    07:00PM — 12:00AM

    For ages 40+. Saturday, December 2nd, Free Speed Dating & Free Nacho Bar! Free, optional ice-br...


IN THIS ISSUE

 


 


 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEW & NOTABLE

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

Receive a digital edition of NHM in your inbox every month. Sign up by sending a request to mmfisher@northhillsmonthly.com.