Halloween can be an exciting and fun time for you, but a scary time for your pet. We have some tips to keep your pets safe during this scary-good holiday.

    Dog and Cat in Pumpkin
  • Protect your pets from pranks. Do not leave your pets unattended outdoors on the day before Halloween, Halloween, or the day after Halloween. Cruel pranksters can hurt your pets. Black cats are a high priority target during this time.
  • No Candy for Fluffy the cat or Fido the dog! While Halloween treats are scrumptious for children and adults, they can be harmful to pets. Keep your candy out of your pets reach and keep a lid on it. Just keeping it out of reach may not be enough deterrent if your pets get a whiff of the delicious candies.
  • Keep your pets away from candle-lit pumpkins and other lighted holiday décor. Pets can knock over pumpkins causing a hazard not only to them but to you as well. Keep lighted décor out of reach of your pet including glow sticks. The twinkling of lights and the wiring can attract pets, especially cats to investigate and chew. Also, if glow sticks are ingested they can cause your furry friend to drool and foam at the mouth from the bad taste, as well as they can cause some stomach irritation.
  • If your pet is scared or reluctant don’t put them in a Halloween costume. Some pets are totally fine rocking a few cute Halloween items. But don’t force a non-compliant pet to wear a costume if they are anxious. If your pet is ok with a costume make sure it is breathable and your pet can see and hear well to avoid any accidental scares.
  • Make sure your pets tags and license (if applicable) is up to date. While you may do your best to keep your pet indoors it is still possible that they could get spooked and run outdoors while spooky trick or treaters are at your door for a treat.
  • Don’t mix pets and trick or treaters at the front door. Keep your pets in another room of the house if possible. This can decrease the risk of freight between pets and children and also decreases the risk of your pet getting away. If you won’t be home with your pets make sure they are comfortable. There will be lots of scary noises that can spook them and make them very anxious. Turning on a radio or tv for background noise can help defer some of the outside noise. You can also try securing pets to a secluded part of the house while you are away.

Have any questions or think your pet has come into contact with one of these dangers? Give our office a call at 717-957-3991. Wishing you and your pets a spooktacular Halloween!