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To the Rescue: How Do You Keep Pets Safe on Halloween?

Halloween is nearly here, and I can't wait! I know it's a fun and exciting time for both you and your pet, but I wanted to share three quick tips to helping it go off without a hitch:

  • Keep an eye on your pet. We already talked about pets in Halloween costumes, but, even if he's not dressing up, pay extra attention to his well-being. Seeing his "family" with masks on, in addition to dozens of people coming to the door can be unsettling. If you feel your pet may be stressed out by the day's festivities, consider keeping him in a safe place inside the house.
  • Keep an eye on candy. While most pet owners know of the dangers of chocolate for dogs, candy wrappers (such as foils and plastics) can get stuck in your pet's digestive tract and make them ill. Watch out, and keep all candy secure and away from pet's reach.
  • Keep an eye on the surroundings. Look out for lit pumpkins around the house. Make sure pumpkins, or other decorations, are not placed in kitty's favorite perch or near wagging tails.

It's your Halloween too! Make the most of it, and help others by sharing your own ideas and advice in the comments below!


purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
funny coincidence, parents have 4 black kitties and i have a black one of my own!
esk4 esk4 9 years
that would have been cute kiddy! but they hated having clothes on... I tried these cute little reindeer costumes one cristmas and I swear they never forgave me... but if I ever have another dane who is more costume friendly I am soooooooooooooo going to do that
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
i don't have outdoor kitties now, but when i was younger we did and they were black, too. as a result, they were kept indoors for several days surrounding halloween, just to make sure no one would be cruel to them. especially the one cat we had, since when he was a kitten (before we got him) some sh*theads put a cigarette out in his eye.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
esk - although I don't like the idea of taking the dogs with, you could always have dressed the dog as Scooby (since he was a dane) and everyone could go as the Mystery, Inc. gang! :)
esk4 esk4 9 years
we used to have to bring the great danes inside for haloween night because they would feel like people were trying to invade their yard lol (they were very protective of me and my brothers), and their size would frighten the younger trick or treaters, which is understandable when they see two big black dogs at night...
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years good info to have.
chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
We bring all our pets in for Halloween. Makes me feel better.
acemonkey acemonkey 9 years
I remember one year my husband put on a Freddy Krueger mask on to scare me while I was fixing my hair in the bathroom. It did scare me, but it really freaked out my little Doxie named Rudy. Rudy got really furocious and started barking at him and growling. My husband took off his mask and poor Rudy was really confused, it took him a few minutes to realize that was his Daddy. At least I know that Rudy will try to protect me if Freddy really does come to get me ;-).
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yes. At my mom and dad's there are 4 black kitties. And at my home there is 1. My parents ALWAYS locked up all the animals and were especially careful with the black ones because people have SICK minds and do horrible things sometimes :(
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
this picture is too cute. i keep max on a leash inside my house. which i normally don't do, obviously. but during halloween its the best way to make sure he doesn't bolt out the door after trick or treaters or eat something he shouldn't.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i saw the greatest tip in better homes and gardens! for people who have kids or pets and aren't sure a candle inside a pumpkin is a good idea = use glow sticks!
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