Safety Tips for Your Pets on Halloween

Halloween can be a ton of fun for your kids and the family, but when it comes to our pets, it can be a very dangerous holiday! Here are 5 tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.
1. TRICK-OR-TREAT candies are NOT for your pets! Chocolate, baking chocolate and artificial sweeteners like xylitol can be very dangerous for your pets and even lethal. Symptoms of poisoning can be vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures. If you think your pet may have consumed candy, get them to the vet ASAP!
2. KEEP PETS CONFINED on Halloween night. With kids coming to the door every few minutes this is an opportunity for your pet to get out and get lost in the neighborhood. Additionally, people dressed in costumes and loud kids can be very scary and stressful for your pets. Keeping them confined during Halloween can make a much safer and more pleasant night for them. Also remember to double check that they have their ID tags on their collars just in case.
3. BRING OUTDOOR CATS inside for several days before and after Halloween. Black cats especially, are at risk for pranks and cruelty-related incidents during this holiday, so keep them inside to keep them safe.
4. COSTUMES. If you plan to dress up your pet for the festivities have them wear the costume a few times before the big night so that they can get used to it. Make sure the costume isn’t too tight, doesn’t restrict movement or the ability to breathe easily or see. If the costume bothers your pet, festive bandannas will work too!

5. KEEP LIT PUMPKINS out of reach. To avoid an accidental burn or even a candle getting knocked over and causing a fire, make sure that lit pumpkins are not easily accessible to your pets.

We hope you have a fun and safe holiday!