Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

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Halloween's tradition of candy, costumes, tricks, treats and rituals can be a threatening and potentially dangerous time for pets. The follow tips will help keep the Halloween season happy and safe.

  • Halloween costumes for pets are very cute. For your pet’s comfort, be sure they are lightweight and non-constricting and avoid using rubber bands as they can cut off circulation and be very dangerous if left on for long periods of time. It is also wise to have flame resistant costumes.
  • Walk your dogs earlier in the evening or much later at night on Halloween night to avoid stressing them or the trick or treaters.
  • ALL pets should be kept indoors several days prior to and on Halloween night. Pranksters have been known to tease or hurt animals at this time of the year.
  • The door will be opening a lot and many strangers to your pets will visit.  Pets should be kept away from the front door to keep them from biting strangers or running into the street.
  • Make sure your pets have identification tags in case they do manage to get out!
  • Keep candy and candy wrappers from pets! Many candies, especially chocolates, are toxic for animals and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Candy should be kept out of the pet's reach and young children should be told not to share Halloween treats with their pets.
  • Raisins are not thought of as candy, but are often in Halloween goodie bags and can be deadly when ingested by a dog. Make sure raisins or snacks with raisins are kept out of your dogs’ reach.
  • Beware of lit candles or lanterns as pets can knock them over resulting in potentially devastating consequences.
  • Loud and excessive noise created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your pet.  If you know your pet is sensitive to noise and excitement, speak to your veterinarian about sedation or consider boarding your pet for the night.