Halloween is a time of tricks and treats, but it can be a stressful, and even dangerous, time for pets who can end up in scary situations.
It is usually best for pets to be left out of the family's holiday celebrations. Pets do not usually enjoy masked visitors showing up on their doorsteps and ringing their doorbells late at night. It is frightening for the pets, and trick-or-treaters can end up getting bitten by a pet who feels threatened or protective of its home.
Trick-or-treaters are not the only hazard pets face at this time of year. Candy and other treats can make pets sick or even kill them if large enough amounts are ingested. Animals, especially black cats, are often injured or killed by pranksters. Even common Halloween decorations, such as streamers and lit candles, can do harm to a curious pet.
Smith County Humane Society suggests the following precautions be taken to safeguard pets and people this Halloween:
- Keep pets safely inside, away from trick-or-treaters and other festivities.
- Be sure all pets are wearing collars with ID tags, as frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape.
- Keep all candy and other treats out of your pet's reach.
- Keep pets away from decorations.
- Don't bring your pets along for trick-or-treating. Pets may become difficult to handle during the noise and confusion of the festivities. A lost pet or one that bites a child will quickly end your Halloween fun.