Keeping pets safe at Halloween

Halloween is a fun and festive time of the year, full of candy and costumes.


But what’s playful and exciting for us and the kids can sometimes be stressful and dangerous for our furry friends.

Here are a few tips for ensuring your pets stay safe this season.


1. Pets and candy don’t mix

The very same trick-or-treat candies that are safe (and delicious) for humans can be harmful and even lethal for dogs and cats.

Chocolate contains a component called theobromine that’s perfectly harmless to humans, but can quickly reach toxic levels when ingested by pets.

Other candies may contain artificial sweeteners that are dangerous for pets, too.

The best solution is to keep all Halloween candy from pets and treat your four-legged companion to only dog or kitty  goodies.

2. Create a flame-free zone

Candles make for eerie mood lighting for Halloween parties and fill jack-‘o-lanterns with the perfect glow, but open flames plus pets can be a recipe for disaster.

Wagging tails and curious paws are prone to catching fire, so protect them by always keeping them far away from open flames and never leaving a burning candle unattended.

Try using LED lights instead of candles to keep things even safer.

3. Stress prevention

Strangers knocking at your door wearing unusual costumes and hollering for candy are all part of the fun around Halloween, but can create confusion and anxiety for pets.

There’s also likely to be other unusual noises outdoors which may cause a pet to panic.

To keep them calm and safe, your best bet is to put them in a secure room in your home (with all their necessities, of course) away from the action.

Do you have any additional tips for keeping your furry friends safe this Halloween?

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Jennifer Linklater
"Beauty is more beautiful when it is on the inside"