Saturday, October 30, 2010

10 Halloween Safety Tips For Your Pets

Halloween can be a very spooky and spectacular time for humans and animals alike and we hope everyone will keep these 10 safety tips in mind this weekend:  

1. Candy Is Not So Dandy (for pets, that is)! Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Bewared of Certain Plants! Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be nontoxic but please be careful when walking your pooch by pumpkins at popular pumpkin festivals such as the Keene Pumpkin Festival. 

3. Don't Get Hung Up! Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. Don't Go Up In Flames! Halloween is not complete without a carved pumpkin at your feet, but please be careful if you add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. 

5. Remember: Dress-Up Can Be A Mess-Up! Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it! As you can see, Daisy tolerated last years' bumblebee costume and was willing to wear it for as long as her owners wished! What a sweetie to bee a bumblebee for her humans!

6. Beware of Fashion Emergencies! If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume doesn't obstruct their vision or is unsafe (as you can see, Daisy is not the least bit interested in walking around town as a she-devil).  If your pet seems uncomfortable in his/her costume consider a bandana or let them go "naked" instead! 

7. Don't Allow Your Pet's Costumes Be Too Spooky! Be sure that your pet’s costume does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he or she could choke on.

Our pet sitting client, Garbo, looks like she has a carefully fitted costume on but she certainly doesn't look too interested in trick-or-treating, does she?

8. Be Underwhelmed, Not Overwhelmed! If your pet becomes overwhelmed from greeting trick-or-treaters or if they are alarmed by the sound of the ringing doorbell please keep them in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours.

When our busy bee client, Isabella, needed a break from greeting spidermen, princesses, firemen, etc, she rested in the arms of her parents....indoors!

9. Guard Your Pets With Your Life! When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

Our adventurous kitty, Henry, would rather go out than stay indoors any day of the week so we'll be sure to keep him safe tomorrow night even though he won't appreciate it one bit!

10. IDs, Please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason our Jack Russell client, Max, escapes and becomes lost, his collar and tag will be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he will be returned home!


  1. Thank you for this fabulous post! All of these tips are great. I love all of the animals in costrume too. I think my favorite is that little cat dressed like a witch! Sooo cute!!! Charli loves having her picture taken in her little outfits but she doesn't like wearing them around the house. If we go in the car she loves to wear them because she gets so much attention when we stop at lights. Happy Halloween!!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday ♥

  2. Great tips!!! Have a happy and safe Halloween!!!

  3. Very timely tips!! Happy Halloween

  4. Never let pets out on Halloween night, especially cats! We have two black cats who don't go outdoors anyway, but I guard their attempts to escape extra careful this time of year.

  5. Those are some PAWsome things to remember. I thank you fur puttin them up fur us!!! Can't be toooooo careful.

  6. These were very, very good tips! My mom runs the facebook page for the rescue that I came from and she'd very much like to put a link to this postie tomorrow if that's okay with you.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  7. Good reminders to keep both pets and people happy.

  8. Thanks for a brilliant list of things to remember to keep pets safe for Halloween !! Here in the UK, Bonfire night approaches on the 5 Nov - there will be lots of firework displays and generally everyone will be setting off fireworks - so this is another time for humans to be careful and extra responsible with their pets and the wildlife too!

    Have a happy and safe Halloween!! Me and Charlie think that Daisy make a gorgeous bumble bee!

    Take care

  9. WE think your tips are fabulous, we are gonna be real careful here especially with the door opening to the human baby beans that just want sugar!!!

  10. From the blog hop. Happy Howloween!

  11. Those were great tips, I think it should be required reading!!!

  12. Great tips! Happy Halloween!

    Be safe, Thor xxxx

  13. Very good tips. We are not entirely looking forward to our first Halloween with Franklin. He likes to answer the door a little TOO much.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  14. All great tips here! I hope you all have a very safe and happy Halloween. Thanks so much for visiting us. xo

  15. Good tips for all of us
    Benny & Lily

  16. thanks for the tips! Happy halloween!



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