Halloween can be a howling good time for you and your family but don’t forget about your four-legged friends. Remember these 5 tips this Halloween to make sure your celebrations are a treat.

  1. Candy is for humans, not pets. While you might enjoy a sweet treat (or two or three) on Halloween, it’s important to remember that all forms of chocolate can be dangerous and even lethal for cats and dogs. In exchange, look for pet-safe Halloween goodies made especially for your furry friend.
  2. Keep pets confined or away from the door. While you’re tending to curbside trick-or-treaters, your precious pet may take the opportunity to dart out the door. Strangers in costume could frighten our four-legged friends so take extra care to safely confine your pets.
  3. Glow sticks can keep little ones safe but not animals. The glowing liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, so it won’t actually make your pets sick if they accidentally get into one, but it does taste awful. A pet who ingests glow sticks may show signs of drooling, pawing at their mouth and may even vomit. If this does happen, some fresh water or a small meal can help clear the liquid from your pet’s mouth.
  4. Use electric and battery powered candles. If you’re using candles to light jack-o-lanterns and other Halloween decor, flameless candles are a great alternative and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. That said, make sure to display them in places that are out of reach for your animals as a curious pet may still be tempted to chew on electrical cords.
  5. Remember to show ID. Halloween is a great time to make sure your pet’s identification is up-to-date. Take this time to update contact information on collars, tags and microchips.  Should something happen to your furry friend, the chances that he or she will be returned are much higher with proper identification.

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