This Halloween, pet owners partaking in frightening family fun should remember to keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe – including the four-legged ones. Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets, since many Halloween candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.
With trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space they can retreat to if needed, and watch the door for escape artists – many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance.
Keeping your pet safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few simple precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s spooky scares.
Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer, American Humane, Washington D.C.