Halloween can be a fun time for the family and an exciting for kids. However, for pets, Halloween can be a completely different story.

Halloween can cause a lot of stress for pets because of scary costumes, frequent doorbell ringing, or loud noises. Pets also need to be kept safe during Halloween firework displays or from consuming too many candies.

Let’s look at some ways that you can keep your pets safe this Halloween.

Keep pets safe from Halloween treats

Candies and chocolates can be dangerous for cats and dog as they can cause various health problems.

Chocolate is poisonous for cats and dogs and could even be lethal depending on the breed and type of chocolate. Symptoms like vomiting, rapid breathing, diarrhea, and increased heart rate could be signs that your pet has eaten chocolate.

Many Halloween candies contain xylitol that can result in sudden blood sugar drops and may even cause liver dysfunction.

Make sure that all sweet items are kept out of reach are and not left lying around the floor.

Keep pets safe indoors during Halloween

One of the best ways to keep your pets safe on 31 October is to keep them indoors and away from the front door.

Unfortunately, we hear of pranksters teasing or injuring pets on Halloween. This is especially true for black cats. So, make sure and keep your pets inside on Halloween.

It is also a good idea to keep them away from the door. Pets can become frightened with all the comings and goings and they could dart out an opened front door. Put them in a secure room to keep them safe from the commotion on Halloween.

Keep pets safe from Halloween decorations

During festive times, it’s important to make sure that any electric and battery-powered decorations are out of reach. Pets have been known to chew on electrical cords or swallow batteries and need emergency care.

Have a dress rehearsal

Be sure to try out your pet’s costume if you plan on taking your pet with you when you go trick-or-treating on 31 October. Halloween pet costumes should not restrict movement and allow your pet to breathe properly.

It is also a good idea to get your pet used to wearing the costume before your venture out on Halloween night.

Make sure and tag your pet

Now is a good time to ensure that your pet has an electronic ID tag and that all information stored on the database is up to date.