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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Posted by Joe Morton on

Pumpkins

Halloween is a special time of year for young, old and... pets? With just a few precautions, you can make sure your furry friends have just as good a time as you do during this spookiest of holidays!

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

Halloween Candy

All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats.

 

 

 

 

2. Don't leave pets out in the yard.

Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, and steal pets on Halloween night. 

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters.

4. Keep outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.

Black Cat

Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

 

 

 

 

5. Keep Halloween produce, like pumpkin and corn, out of reach.

Pumpkin Guts

Such produce can induce gastrointestinal upset when ingested in large quantities.

If your dog or cat has a taste for pumpkin, there are plenty of pumpkin-based treats, foods and supplements available you can give to them!

6. Don't keep lit Jack-o'-lanterns around pets.

Jack-O-Lantern

They run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

Not to mention, ruining your spooky artwork. 

 

 

 

7. Safely stow away any hazardous parts of decorations.

Especially wires that your pet can get caught in.

8. Only dress pets in a safe, comfortable, and thoughtful costume.

Dogs in costumes

The costume should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe, bark, and meow. 

 

 

 

 

9. Make sure dogs and cats have their ID tag!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chance of them being returned.

Last but certainly not least:

10. Make them GLOW!

We have a great selection of lights and reflective gear to keep your dog and cat visible at night! From reflective collars and leashes to attachable lights for their harness or collar.