Please be aware that there a multitude of safety issues to consider. Every year there is a great deal made about the dangers to small kids, dogs, and cats. We list our six favorite pet halloween safety tips. Given to us by our Vets at the Marlboro Animal Hospital:
- Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy. Especially, if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
- Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag). If s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.
- Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets.
- If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable. Remove any pieces that can easily be chewed off. Take off pieces like hats that might interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Find some time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween. Never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
- Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad. The symptoms are making your pets salivate excessively and act strangely.
- If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours. If they are cool with all the costumed traffic then provide him/her with a safe hiding place.
- Keep your pet inside.
To read more about how you can keep your pet safe during Halloween, go to: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/halloween.aspx