Even though Halloween is a fun holiday, people have to be watchful for the ones who pull pranks as well. Some people like to scare others, and play a trick on them. If you have a black cat, keep it indoors so no one will steal him to use as a prank. Have fun, but be respectful toward others.
Pet Safety During Halloween
Remember that human treats are not usually good for dogs! Keep all of these "human goodies" far out of your dog's reach. Candy - especially chocolate - can be extremely toxic to your dog. Artificially sweetened candy, gum and other goodies may also contain xylitol, a highly toxic substance. Dogs may also ingest food wrappers, causing a risk of choking, upset stomach or gastrointestinal blockage. Various party snacks can be too salty and may contain ingredients that can poison your dog.
Your pets may be curious about new objects around the house, and that includes Halloween decorations. Be sure decorations are not in areas where your pets could ingest them or knock them over. Be careful with the placement of jack-o-lanterns. Many pets like pumpkin and try to eat it. Also, candles can be knocked over, potentially burning your pet and/or starting a fire. Other decorations can be eaten as well or broken, causing serious harm to your pet. Have fun and decorate - just think about your pet first!
Trick-or-Treaters and Guest
Though many dogs love visitors, some can become fearful of strangers. Many dogs will even be afraid of people they know if those people are in costumes. Plus, constant ringing of the doorbell might get your dog over-excited or very stressed out. Think about your dog's typical reaction to visitors and take extra precautions for Halloween. Keep your dog at a distance when greeting trick-or-treaters by putting up a baby gate or confining him to another area of the home. If your dog seems afraid of guests in costumes, remove him from the situation calmly. During parties and loud gatherings, your pet might do best in another area of your home unless he is used to these types of events.
Halloween can be a fun time of year for the whole family - even your pet. However, there are also many potential dangers and sources of stress for your pet.
From all of us at Bets' Pets, Have a Safe and Happy Halloween. Booooo