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How to keep your pet safe on Halloween

Written by

Pamela Hardman


Published on: Oct 29, 2019

How to keep your pet safe on Halloween

Dressing up, trick-or-treating and enjoying all things spooky – Halloween comes with tons of fun for the whole family. But, it can brew some stressful or dangerous situations for your pets. Follow these tips to make sure your Halloween is a safe one for your pets.

  1. Keep a close eye on the treats. Every pet-owner has been there. You turn your back for a second and some tasty treat’s been snatched off the table. Sometimes this requires little more than a scolding but when it comes to treats, especially chocolate or sugar-free candies that contain xylitol, it can lead to more serious consequences. If you’re handing out candy at the door, keep the bowl well out-of-reach and make sure your dog is supervised at all times. If you suspect your pet consumed something harmful, call the vet right away. 

  2. Careful with costumes. Pet costumes seem to be getting cuter and funnier all the time but it’s important not to put your pet in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. The photo op isn’t worth the stress you could be causing. Additionally, be careful with your own costume. Masks, capes, bright colours and makeup that change your appearance could also be stress-inducing for your pet.

  3. Consider putting your pet away in a quiet room. If your cat has a tendency to bolt or if your dog barks and is high energy when people come to the door, it’s probably a good idea to put them in a room that’s away from the door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Always make sure your pet has the proper identification, if he or she does happen to escape.

  4. Handing out candy isn’t a requirement. Remember, handing out candy is optional. If having trick-or-treaters come to the door causes too much stress and excitement in your household, it’s within your rights to turn off the lights and avoid the holiday altogether. There’s no need to feel guilty about putting your pet’s needs first!   

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