No doubt about it—Halloween is going to look a little different this year, even with everyone (and their gussied-up pugs) wearing masks! Parties will likely be a lot smaller than in the past if they happen at all, and the word is still out on whether or not kids will be going door-to-door to trick or treat.
That said, a little preparation goes a long way when it comes to protecting pets from common Halloween dangers.
Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your pet has a safe and happy holiday.
- If you’re expecting any visitors, put your dog or cat in a quiet place away from the door. This will help prevent them from getting worked up.
- Keep candy far out of reach. Chocolate and the sweetener xylitol—often found in gum and peanut butter—can be very toxic to dogs and cats. Kids should also be reminded not to feed candy to pets.
- Putting your pet in costume? Make sure they feel comfortable in it before taking them out. If the costume has bells, noisemakers or strings, they can scare your pet or pose a choking hazard.
- Keep your pet indoors on Halloween night! This is especially important for black cats who are often targeted during the holiday. Also, make sure your pets are microchipped or have a collar with current identification in case they get scared and run off.