Halloween Pet Safety Tipsby Karyn Zoldan on Oct. 24, 2013, under Pet Health & Safety
Halloween is for kids and kids who never grew up (i.e. adults). While we love dressing up our pets — they should not be included in the 2-legged festivities.
Don’t take your pet trick or treating along with your kids. There are just too many things that can go wrong such as –
–Eating toxic candy that falls on the ground or is unknowingly fed to your pet.
–Scary costumes and noises scare your pet.
–Too much maneuvering with costumes, kids, traffic, yards, steps — your pet can bolt or be ignored.
–Halloween candy is for the humans. Some candy like chocolate or made with Xylitol can be extremely toxic to pets. Keep the candy out of reach especially for counter/table surfers.
–If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
–If you do decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume fits properly and does not restrict breathing or vision, doesn’t have any parts that can be chewed or cause choking. IMPORTANT: Only dress up your pet to amuse your family, your Facebook friends, not strangers.
–Keep your pet in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours. This will help reduce your pet’s stress when the doorbell rings.
–Keep outdoor cats inside for a few days before and after Halloween to keep them safe from pranksters and animal cruelty offenders, especially black cats.
–A carved pumpkin is festive, but exercise caution if you add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
Ensure that your pet has on a collar with tag and the correct phone number If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that your pet will be returned.
In Tucson, if your pet becomes lost, immediately contact the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s Lost and Found Department and Pima Animal Care Center to file a lost report and obtain information on conducting an effective search. Also be sure to visit each shelter every day to look for your pet in person.
Photo – Courtesy Diane Burda and Gunny the Corgi)
(Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona and ASPCA.)