Protecting Your Pet On Halloween

Avoid leaving your dog (or cat) alone in your yard, on your property, or in an outdoor kennel on (and around) Halloween. Keep leash walks brief, especially on Halloween evening. Some sick and sadistic individuals have been reported to frighten, harrass, injure, steal or even kill friendly unsupervised dogs and cats when left alone unprotected outdoors. Even horses, livestock, and zoo animals are at risk.

Keep holiday foods, desserts, candy and beverages away from dogs, because they can cause digestive upset, diarrhea and vomiting. Food packaging (such as cellophane, tin foil, and food- or dessert-laced wrappers) can also cause choking or intestinal obstruction.

Never give your dog chocolate as a treat, or leave chocolate within reach of your dog. Chocolate contains Theobromine, a substance which can be poisonous to your puppy or dog. Dark, semi-sweet and Baker's chocolate can even be lethal if ingested by your pet. (Smaller dogs can die from eating much smaller amounts of chocolate that large dogs.)

Keep your dog confined to another room when people come trick-or-treating. Dogs may become frightenned and/or aggressive towards strangers wearing costumes, or may suddenly run out of your home when you greet trick-or-treaters at your front door.

Never bring your dog to a Halloween parade or wild Halloween party. Masks, costumes and strange animated figures may frighten your dog, or s/he may get loose in the crowd and run away. A defensive dog may also bite an innocent child or trick-or-treater.

Keep pets away from burning candles (which may burn your pet or start a fire if knocked over) and any Halloween displays or ornaments which my injure or be swallowed by your pet.