Halloween should be spooky for you, but not scary for your pets. With trick-or-treaters outside your home, more people coming to your door and decorations around the house, there could be trouble. To ensure a fun and safe evening for every member of your family, it’s important to anticipate potential issues and plan ahead.
Before the big night arrives, double-check your pet has up-to-date ID tags safely secured to their collar in case they slip out during the evening's events. If you’ve recently moved, be sure that any contact information on the tag is up-to-date. This should take less than ten seconds of your time, but could make all the difference if something were to happen. If your pet is microchipped, be sure the recovery database has your correct contact information.
This is also a good time to make or review your pet emergency plan. If you haven’t already created one, it’s as simple as making a document that includes your veterinarian’s phone number, along with those for after-hours animal hospitals and information for local animal control agencies. You’ll also want to add your pet’s medical and vaccination records to this file. It’s not a bad idea to consider creating a lost pet flyer on your computer including your contact information, description of your pet and a recent photo of them. Taking this extra step may seem over cautious, but if you ever need it, you’ll be glad you created it ahead of time.
When it comes to Halloween, all pets are much safer indoors. From late afternoon through to the morning after Halloween, don’t leave cats or dogs outside even if they are usually outdoor pets. From loose candy, broken pieces of costume and neighbourhood tricksters, it’s not worth the risk for your pet to be outside. Learn more about common Halloween pet hazards and how to keep them safe.
It’s important to ensure the indoors are safe too. Be sure to keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn away from pets. These festive decorations may look cute, but they can seem like a tasty treat for pets. Take a second look at decorations such as string lights, spider webs and any others that could potentially present a choking hazard.
So far, you’ve avoided Halloween tricks – so it’s time to talk treats! Of course, it’s important to always keep candy away from pets, but consider stocking up on pet-friendly treats to give out to trick-or-treating animals and rewarding your own fur baby for their good behaviour.
Though Halloween only comes once a year, it’s worth spending a little extra time to make it the safest holiday possible. Check out our Halloween pet-iquette tips here.