Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Owners

1.  Lock Candy Away - kids love to stash candy in their rooms but a dogs keen sense of smell will lead him to even the most cleverly hidden treasure.  Contact your veterinary professional right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.
2.  Ditto the Glow Sticks - Glow sticks are used to help keep kids safe while they are out in the dark.  Pets (especially cats) find these glow sticks to be a lot of fun and often puncture them.  While most of the sticks are labeled as non-toxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste and pets who bite into them may begin drooling and racing around the house.  A little treat or sip of milk will usually stop the taste reaction.
3.  Have Pets Identified and Visible - There are a lot of extra people on the streets at Halloween, and that combined with strange costumes can spook pets and cause them to bolt.  If you take your pet out after dark, make sure he or she wears a reflective collar and is securely leashed.  And make sure your pet has proper identification on the collar.
4.  Keep Pets Calm - Even pets who are kept indoors my experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors.  Keeping your pet away from trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think more will be needed be sure and speak with your vet well in advance about options to help calm your pet.
5.  Check Those Costumes - Costumes can be fun for the whole family.  However, if you are planning on dressing up your best bud, ensure that the costume fits well and isn't going to slip and tangle the pet or cause a choking hazard if chewed on.  And never leave a costumed pet unattended.