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Here’s how to keep your pets safe on Halloween


Halloween is a chance to dress up, have fun, and gorge on goodies. Some pets (see above) even get in on the action. However, it’s important not to forget that our furry friends might get a little more “spooked” than expected.

To help, we’ve compiled a list of tips. Feel free to use these to help navigate the treacherous territory of treats, costumes, and fireworks.

5 – Many Halloween treats are not good for pets

Most pet owners might already know this, but all forms of chocolate can be dangerous and potentially lethal for dogs and cats. However, the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is present in numerous Halloween candies can also be poisonous to dogs.

4 – Keep Pets Confined and Inside 

With the constant opening and closing of doors, strangers on the doorstep, and strange costumes, trick-or-treating can be a stressful experience for any furry friend. Putting your dog or cat in a room away from the front door will help to keep them calm and prevent them from running away.

3 – Keep Glow Sticks Away From Pets

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can be less enjoyable for a chewing-inclined pet. Although the liquid inside is non-toxic, it tastes terrible. Pets who munch on a glow stick may drool, become agitated, paw at their mouth, or vomit.

2 – Try On Pet Costumes in Advance

Outfitting your pet can result in ridiculous amounts of cuteness, but not all pets will be on board. Make sure your miniature costumes isn’t dangerous or merely annoying by trying it on before Halloween. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or breathing.

1 – Keep Your Pet ID’d

Despite precautions, there’s always the chance that a pet will make a Halloween night getaway. Equipping him or her with proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. From collars and tags to microchips, there are plenty of reliable ways to keep track of your pet. Make sure the information is up to date, and you’ll stand a good chance of a great treat in the form of your pet returned.

Alistair Ogden
Former staff writer at Victoria Buzz.

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