Candy can be a fun treat for people on Halloween but it is never safe to feed any to your pet. Pets are notorious for digging through bags and will often help themselves to a snack if left unattended. Keep all of your candy in a place your pets can't reach and dispose of the trash properly to avoid the possibility of your pet ingesting any packaging.
* Raisins are extremely toxic to dogs and cats.
* Chocolate is poisonous to pets mostly because of its theobromine content.
* Approximately 2-3 dogs suffocate each week due to unattended food packaging.
Beware Of Toys
Some people may choose to offer non-food items as treats for Halloween that can present possible choking hazards, not only for children, but animals too. Small toys may be broken into pieces and ingested by your pet. Be sure to check your pet's mouth, if you suspect they may have grabbed anything they should not have, and contact your vet if you think they may have ingested it.
* Your usual vet clinic may be closed on Halloween so it's good to know the contact information for your local emergency vet hospitals.
Stranger Danger is a common concern for pet parents which may be exacerbated with the addition of masks and costumes. Keeping your cats in a calm room away from visitors will help them get through the night with no issues while using a non-retractable leash for your dog and maintaining appropriate distance will help your pup enjoy their time outside.
* If your dog requires a muzzle, you may even incorporate that into their Halloween costume so they can still enjoy the festivities with everyone in a safe manner.
Dogs and Decorations
PLEASE be both considerate and aware of outdoor Halloween decorations. Dogs may be tempted to mark their spot on new objects outside while on their daily walks but this can be damaging to the decorations and people put their hands on them! Decorations can also be harmful if your dog or outdoor cat chews/eats any of its material as some decorations may look like toys to them.
* Decorations, especially bones, can easily be confused as dog toys!
* Respect people's property and find an empty patch of grass for any eliminations.
Preparation is Key
Know your pet.
Prepare your home according to yours and your pet's needs for surviving the holiday. If you will be going out be sure to have all of the proper gear for your dog and a comfortable area for your pets staying home. But among all, exercise is key! The more energy your pet expends prior to your Halloween activities will benefit you with a calmer pet that will allow everyone to enjoy their holiday!
* Be prepared with a non-retractable leash, harness, and ID tags for dogs.
* Treat your pets to their favorite forms of enrichment to keep them busy and happy,
Enjoy a fun a safe Howl-o-ween!