We’re just 4 days away from Halloween and it’s time to go over the most important part — safety!
1. Pets Cannot Eat Your Treats!
Chocolate is a no go for dogs and cats. They just don’t have the same enzymes to break down chocolate as we do, and even a tiny amount can cause seizures or even death. Also, watch out for wrappers or any other trash they could get into. If you suspect your fur baby may have gotten into something call your Vet right away or the ASPCA Poison Control center!
2. Keep Pets Away From The Door
With trick-or-treaters knocking left and right, dogs may become territorial or anxious, and might even growl or jump. Cats may dart out an open front door into a dark night. To keep your pet calm, try putting them into a separate room with a TV or radio turned on to drown out some of the noise. You can even give them something to play with like a Kong filled with treats for pups or catnip for cats.
3. Make Sure Decor/Jack-O-Lanterns Are Out of The Way
While a carved pumpkin is super cute, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
4. To Costume or Not to Costume?
The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If they do totally go for it, make sure the costume doesn’t limit his or her movement, sight, or ability to breathe, bark or meow. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, let your pet rock their “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.
5. Let’s See Some ID
Just in case your pet DOES get out of the house on Halloween, make sure they are either microchipped or have their collar on with easily seen ID so that you can be reunited as soon as possible. And it’s always a good idea to know where your nearest 24-hour emergency vet is, just in case.