Its Halloween time! Which means fun costumes, candy and mischief! But during this time of year, it is also important to keep our animals safe.
Candy is not for our pets. Make sure that the all candy is out of reach of animals on Halloween. Candy, especially anything with chocolate and gum, are extremely toxic to animals. So my recommendation is to keep the candy in a bowl high on a shelf or countertop where they cannot get to it. Also be careful on your walks before and after Halloween. Kids tend to drop some of their candy on the ground and your dog or cat could pick it up while outside. Be on the lookout for anything on the ground.
If Trick or Treaters frequent your home it would be best to keep your animals away from the door. You will be opening and closing the door frequently and some animals take this opportunity to try and run past you for a nighttime adventure. If you have a baby gate or a crate this would be the best option to keep them safe. I wouldn’t recommend putting them outside due to the fact that Halloween is a prime time for pranks and some pranksters use this night to injure, steal or even in some horrific cases kill animals.
Keep any glow sticks and raw pumpkins away from your animals. Glow sticks are fun for kids to carry on Halloween however some animals like to chew on them and though the liquid inside is not shown to be toxic, it doesn’t taste good to them and isn’t good for them. While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems.
And the best thing to do to keep your pets safe on Halloween is to make sure all tags, microchips and licenses are up to date with correct information. If your animal should escape due to the increased mischief and mayhem on this holiday if your animal has their collar, ID or microchip up to date it is more likely that your animal will be found and returned to you safely.
Hoping everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!
Edited by Tara Rico