Ghosts and goblins that lurk in the night. Bats and witches that fly out of sight. Halloween has arrived with its tricks and treats!

While we love to dress up our furry friends and include them in the spooky celebration, it is important to follow these tips to ensure their safety.

  • dog-and-cat-in-pumpkinKeep the treats out of reach unless they are specifically made for pets. Chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Xylitol, found in artificially sweetened candy and gum, is also poisonous to dogs.
  • Don't leave your pet outside. Pranksters have been known to tease, injure, and steal pets on Halloween night. Sadly, not all tricks are harmless - it's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Staying in to hand out candy? Keep your pet confined and away from the door. Between the door constantly opening and closing, doorbells, and strangers dressed in unusual clothing, your pet may become frightened and behave in a way you may not expect. Put your pet in a secure room away from all the hullabaloo to prevent stress and fearful behavior.
  • Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty related incidents.
  • Do not dress your pet in a costume unless you know for sure they LOVE it.┬áPet costumes are a hoot, but not always fun for your pet. Trying your pet's costume on before the big night is a good idea. It will let you know if they are into it. Festive bandanas and bows are a good alternative.

Happy Halloween!