Halloween Pet Safety Tips

October 31, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | Category: Care & Safety | 335 comments
Tags: halloween, dogs, cats, care & safety

Well it's Halloween, and many of us will be celebrating with candy, costumes and our companion animals. But before the festivities begin, we thought we could provide you with a few tips to keep your pet safe.

The ASPCA and Last Chance for Animals recommend the following:

Animals can become disoriented and confused by the constant barrage of trick-or-treaters – and all that door-bell ringing. Make sure your pet has a quiet place to rest during the ruckus.

Stressed animals often try to flee or hide – so keep an eye on them and their condition. Look for tucked tails, shaky legs and any unusual behavior – and make sure they don't slip out the front door!

Chocolate is especially bad for pets – an animal who's eaten chocolate may have the following symptoms; vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, hyperactivity, and increased thirst, urination and heart rate.

Of course, candy is generally not a good thing for animals. Neither are those decorations our pets sometimes like to chew on – like my foam pumpkin – which suffered the fate of my cat's claws – thanks Holden.

Finally, and some of you won't like this one – pets typically don't like costumes. So, if your pup seems out of sorts with his underdog outfit, he probably is. Might be a good idea to take it off.

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
4 years ago

Good information to know.

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

very informative

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