Halloween is such a fun time in New England. Crisp temperatures, changing leaves- it’s perfect trick or treating weather. While we’re all busy picking out costumes, buying bags of candy, and organizing parties, remember that Halloween is not all fun and games for your pet.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

-Before the neighborhood ghosts and goblins start arriving at your door, put your pets in a quiet room where they will be safe from all the Halloween activity. If your dog is crate trained this is a perfect “safe place” for him to chill out during the evening hub bub. Cats are always safest inside with you, but on Halloween it’s especially important to secure them indoors. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.

-Keep in mind if you are having friends over for a Halloween party, masks and costumes change how people look and smell, so even familiar friends may become frightening to your pet.

-If you’re going out trick-or-treating with the kids, leave your dog at home. Dogs can be easily excited by the neighborhood Halloween commotion. A bite or a lost dog will quickly end your evening fun.

-The candy bowl is full of potential toxins for Fluffy and Fido. Many foods, such as chocolate, gum and xylitol (a sweetener used in many foods), are hazardous to pets. Please keep these sweet treats out of reach!

-Most pets are happiest wearing nothing but their birthday suits! However, if you choose a costume for your pet, forget the masks and anything else that covers eyes or ears. Make sure the costume is comfortable and allows your pet to move freely. Cut off any chewable parts or objects that could come off and choke your pet. As much fun as it is for us humans to dress up our furry friends, if your pet seems uncomfortable or frightened (folded down ears, tail tucked between legs) it’s best to take off the costume.