October 30, 2006 at 4:36 PM CST - Updated July 26 at 4:11 PM
Here are some steps to keep in mind to keep Halloween safe for your pets:
Don’t leave your pet outside unattended on Halloween. Halloween pranks committed against pets can be vicious.
Consider keeping your pet in a separate room, away from the door, when trick-or-treaters arrive. Strange people in even stranger clothes can frighten some pets.
Halloween treats are for people, not pets. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed and chocolate can be poisonous for some types of pets.
Keep pumpkins out of reach of curious noses and paws. Pets may knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire.
Many pets don’t enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween, despite how much fun it is for people. If you do dress your pet, be sure that its costume doesn’t interfere with the pet’s ability to breathe, see, hear, move, or bark.
When you do answer the door for visitors, make sure that your pet doesn’t suddenly head for the great outdoors. In case your pet does escape, make sure that it is wearing proper identification.