Halloween is full of fun for the whole family. However, there can be some elements of Halloween that can be a little unsafe for our pets. Since your pets are like family to us we want to help you ensure they are kept safe during the fun fall festivities. 

 ►Human Trick-or-Treat candies are not for pets

All forms of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be dangerous- even lethal, for dogs and cats. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs and can cause seizures and liver failure.

 ►Do not leave your pets alone outside on Halloween

I know it sounds overly cautious but there have been instances of dogs and cats being harassed by pranksters on Halloween, particularly black cats so it is best to keep everyone inside where it is safe.

     ►Keep pets confined or away from the door

 If you're participating in trick or treating, your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends so keeping them in a room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night.

    ►Keep decorations out of pets' reach

Fresh pumpkin puree is an awesome digestive aid for our pets, but a moldy jack-o-lantern is the exact opposite and can cause bowel obstruction and nausea. You also want to be mindful of decorations with open flames and electrical cords.

    ►Do not force your pet to wear a costume if they do not like it

I know the thought of dressing your pet as a pirate sounds like a great idea but your pet may not agree. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, the ability to breathe, or cause stress. A pet in costume should always be attended by an adult just in case something goes wrong.

    ►Try on pet costumes before the big day

Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time, and piece by piece, if possible. Make it a positive experience by offering lots of praise and treats. If they just are not in the mood a festive bandanna or bow tie may be an appropriate compromise.

    ►Ensure your pet's ID Tags and Microchips are up to date

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. 

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