2003-10-30 / Other News

Halloween Can Be Tricky For Pets

Halloween Can Be Tricky For Pets

Halloween may not be a treat for the family pet. Bide-A-Wee Home Association advises keeping dogs and cats safely indoors once the Halloween activities begin. Even if you have a fenced-in yard, trick-or-treaters will be coming by and your dog might run out and get lost or injured. Also, a pet could become the victim of a Halloween prankster.

"We recommend keeping your pet in another room when trick-or-treaters come to call," said Reynaldo Samala, Bide-A-Wee’s President and CEO. "A dog could easily be frightened by a costume and, being protective, might bite a little ghost or goblin. Or your cat could slip outside when you answer the door."

In addition, children should be discouraged from taking pets along when they go trick-or-treating. In all the excitement and confusion of going from house to house, it’s easy for a pet to get loose and get lost. Bide-A-Wee also suggests telling children not to feed pets Halloween candy, which can cause digestive upsets in a dog or cat. Chocolate can be especially harmful – even toxic – and hard candies can pose a choking hazard or block intestinal tracts. Instead, have some of your pets’ favorite treats on hand so they don’t go for the candies.

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