Halloween Tips for Pet Owners

With Halloween right around the corner, we want to share some tips from the ASPCA on how to keep your furry friend happy and healthy during this creepy fun holiday!

  • Lock candy safely away – Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s keen sense of smell will lead him or her to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact a veterinarian right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.
  • Don’t leave glow sticks lying around – Glow sticks are used to help keep kids safe while they are out in the dark. Pets (especially cats) find these glow sticks to be a lot of fun as well, and pets puncture the sticks. While most of them are labeled as non-toxic, they have an extremely bitter taste and pets who bite them will drool and race around the house. A little treat or sip of milk will usually stop the taste reaction.
  • Keep your pet identified and visible – There are a lot of extra people on the streets on Halloween, and that combined with strange costumes can spook pets and cause them to bolt. If you take your pet out after dark, make sure he or she wears a reflective collar and is securely leashed. And make sure your pet has proper identification on the collar.
  • Calm your pet – Even pets who are kept indoors may experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors. Keeping your pet away from trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think more will be needed, speak with your vet in advance about options to help calm them.
  • Check those costumes – Costumes can be fun for the whole family. If you are planning on dressing up your best bud, ensure that the costume fits well and isn’t going to slip and tangle the pet or cause a choking hazard if chewed on. Never leave a costumed pet unattended.