4 tricks and treats for keeping your pet safe this HalloweenOct 03, 2022 12:23PM ● By Jenna Kretschman
As you gear up for a wicked-fun Halloween with your grandkids, don’t forget about your pets! Follow these tips to keep your pet safe among the festivities.
1. Keep candy out of paw’s reach. The Pet Poison Helpline receives more calls the week of Halloween than any other time of year. Stash the candy bowl safely on a shelf or inside a secure cabinet, and make sure the kiddos know not to share their loot with the animals. Most Halloween candy contains ingredients that can be harmful to your pets, like chocolate, xylitol (a sugar substitute), raisins and even candy wrappers. But that doesn’t mean your dog or cat can’t be included in the fun! There are many pet-friendly DIY treat recipes online that are delicious and fun to make.
2. Have a plan for your pets. Before the big day, make sure your pets have proper identification and up-to-date microchip information. Ringing doorbells, costume-clad strangers and constant commotion on Halloween night might spook your pet right out the door. Setting them up in a quiet, secure space for the evening might be a good idea. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, keep them inside so they don’t get cat-napped by well-meaning people or scared away or injured by the increased activity and traffic in your neighborhood.
3. Comfort is key when it comes to pet costumes! Seeing your pet all dolled up may be the highlight of your holiday, but keep these things in mind: Choose a costume that fits properly and doesn’t restrict movement, breathing, sight or hearing. Keep an eye on them while they’re in their costume to discourage your pet from destroying and swallowing the fabric. If your pet becomes stressed, snap a picture and then trade the costume for a simple bandana or festive collar instead.
4. Beware of decorations. Some popular Halloween decorations have parts like electrical wires, strings, cracking glow sticks, or small pieces that can pose a hazard to your pet when chewed on or bumped into. Keep these items at a safe distance. All it takes is one curious kitty or wagging tail to knock over your jack-o-lantern’s lit candle and ruin the holiday.