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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween is about tricks and treats for humans, but it can be deadly for pets. Follow these tips to ensure everyone has a happy Halloween!

  1. Keep the candy to yourself: Chocolate and artificial sweetener can be toxic to your pets so be careful about where you set down your candy!  If you suspect your pet got into the sweets, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  2. Costumes aren't for everyone: Not all pets like to dress up, so please don't force a costume onto an uncertain pet. Doing so can cause lots of stress. Also, make sure that any costume you do put on your pets doesn't have small peices that can easily be swallowed or restrict hearing, sight or breathing in any way.

  3. Keep your pets inside: It's important that you keep your pets indoors, away from all the commotion outdoors to ensure they stay safe.  Even social animals should be kept away from the front door where trick or treaters will be to ensure they don't escape or get spooked. 

  4. Be cautious with candles: Jack-o-lanterns are fun, but be cautious about the candles inside them. Your pets could easily knock them over or burn themselves.

  5. ID's are crucial: As always, make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag in case they do escape during the commotion of the night! It could save your pet's life! Don't have a pet tag? Come to AHS to get one today!