Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Keep your pets safe this Halloween!
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Halloween is the spookiest night of the year that’s filled with candy,
costumes and lots of tricks and treats. Although it’s a fun time for kids and
adults, it can be a very stressful time for even the most well-behaved pet. The
Houston SPCA encourages pet parents to take the following precautions to make
sure their pet stays safe and healthy this Halloween.
sure your pet is wearing a collar and identification tag and / or
microchipped with current information. If they escape out an open
door and become lost, this information is their ticket home.
- Leave your pet indoors. Avoid taking your pet trick or treating. Even the
most well-tempered dog may panic and become aggressive if a ghost or
goblin jumps out of the bushes. Instead, keep your pet in a quiet room,
away from the noise, excitement and strangers in costumes. Keeping
your pet safely indoors will also eliminate the possibility of them
becoming a victim of mistreatment, teasing, chasing or abuse.
- Candy Warning. Chocolate can be toxic to your pets, especially
dogs. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener found in some candy can be
poisonous to dogs as well. Loose candy wrappers made of aluminum
foil or cellophane can cause intestinal blockage and vomiting. Ask kids
not to share their candy with pets.
- Decoration Alert. Keep lit pumpkins and candles out of your pet’s reach
as they pose an obvious fire hazard. Ribbons, streamers, electrical
cords, confetti and those fake cobwebs can all be dangerous if ingested by
a curious pet.
- Pets in Disguise. As cute as it may be to dress up your pet, costumes can
restrict an animal’s ability to bark, breathe, move, see or hear. Be
especially careful when using costumes which use rubber bands as they can
cut into your pet’s skin and cause injury. Opt for something simple and
fun like a Halloween bandana.
Make sure to keep your veterinarian’s and local animal emergency phone
numbers by your phone or on your refrigerator so it can be located easily in an