Ten Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Reposting this one from 2014. Tomorrow’s Halloween…. a time to be mindful of our four legged friends and their safety! Happy Halloween!

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Halloween can be a stressful time for pets.  Most veterinary practices see an increase in visits at this time of year.  Here are some handy tips to keep in mind to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

  • Let’s face it:  It’s a sad fact that there are pranksters out there who enjoy doing mean things to pets on Halloween.  Cats are especially at risk.  If you have outdoor cats and ESPECIALLY black cats, I suggest keeping them indoors where they will be safe on Halloween.  Pets have been teased, abused, stolen, and even killed on Halloween.  
  • Opening your door multiple times to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters can make it easy for your pet to dart out the door.  Consider keeping them in a back room and away from the door on Halloween night.
  • Halloween can be a spooky and scary time for your pet.  Doorbells ringing and…

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About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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2 Responses to Ten Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

  1. Wow Gail. I didn’t know that Halloween was so stressful for pets. I did know about the danger to black cats unfortunately. And it makes sense to keep the animals in another room so they don’t bolt out the door. I’m guilty of putting a costume on a dog, but I’ve never left it on for more than 30 minutes. They’ve always gotten winter jackets, so she didn’t mind the costume. Great tips about all the things they can get into!

    • Gail says:

      I have one cat who is very curious, loves to greet people, and who likes to go to the door with me when trick-or-treaters come. He’s tried to bolt out the door in all the excitement. My other cat is terrified of the door bell ringing and spends his Halloween night under the bed. So I close them up in the back bedroom with their litter box, food and water bowl and a radio playing!

      Have a Happy Halloween!

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