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Halloween Pet Safety: 4 Rules to Follow

You may love Halloween, but it may not be such a treat for your pet. Follow these Halloween pet safety tips to keep your furry friend out of harm’s way while you enjoy all spooky season has to offer.

1. Cloak the Candy

Keep the candy for the trick-or-treaters! Make sure the candy is put away or kept where your pets can’t reach. Several popular Halloween treats can be toxic to pets. Chocolate, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for both cats and dogs. Sugar-free candies that contain xylitol can also cause serious problems. If you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic, call your vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Center. Popular Halloween plants like pumpkin or corn aren’t considered toxic, but could upset your pet's stomach, so it’s best to help them avoid any temptation to take a bite out of your décor.

2. Avoid a Fire Fright

When it comes to your pet’s safety, carved pumpkins are not the ideal decoration. Jack-o-lanterns can be easily knocked over, and can cause some serious damage if they have a lit candle inside. Curious young pets are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by a candle flame. Make sure to keep your pumpkin pals and your pet pals separate. Make sure to also hide or pick up any extra cords to keep them out of reach.

3. Consider Leaving Your Pet Bare Boned

For some pets, wearing a costume may cause stress. The ASPCA recommends you don’t put your pet in a costume unless you know they love it. If you do decide to dress them up, make sure the costume fits without limiting movement, sight and the ability to breathe. Take note of any small dangling or easily detached pieces that could be a choking hazard. If the costume doesn’t fit or gets twisted, your pet’s safety might be at risk.

Put the costume on before the big night to see if your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior. There are plenty of festive bandanas or collars to help get them in the spirit if a costume isn’t an option.

4. Separate the Pirates and Princesses From the Pets

There’s a lot of activity on Halloween. Between the noise, costumes and overload of people, Halloween can be scary or stressful for your pets. If your pet is scared, stressed, excited or aggressive when the doorbell rings, make sure to keep them in a separate room. When opening your door for trick-or-treaters, make sure your pets stay inside. Always make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. 

As the excitement for Halloween builds, make sure to prepare your home and your pet to avoid an unwanted scare!