This Halloween, don’t forget about your pets! While you may love Halloween, it can be a very scary holiday for both dogs and cats. Keep an eye on them all night, put them in a room where they won’t be able to run out or be spooked by the visitors, and follow these tips:
Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;
Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
Keep candy out of reach. Chocolate is very dangerous for both dogs and cats, so don’t leave a bowl of it where they can easily reach.
Watch for fire hazards. Lit pumpkins can easily be tipped over by pets and start a fire. Festive lights with exposed wires might be chewed up by cats, which can also be dangerous.
If you do have any issues with your pets on Halloween night, be sure to call your Veterinarian. Especially if they eat chocolate or other sweet treats, get them looked at sooner rather than later.