The obvious for dogs is the abundance of chocolate that will be in your house – whether it’s the candy your children bring home from trick-or-treating or the candy you buy to hand out at your front door. Make sure to keep the human treats as far out of your dog’s reach as possible and keep an eye out for stray pieces that might fall on the floor.Another possible digestive system danger is the glow sticks children carry so that passing cars can see them. A dog may find a dropped one and chew it and that can cause poisoning.
If you give out candy, there will be a lot of knocks on the door and strangers dressed oddly – often in masks – stopping by. Even if you aren’t handing it out, there will be increased traffic and noise outside that cats and dogs will hear and respond to. This can be confusing to both cats and dogs, though cats are most likely to find a hiding spot far from the action. Dogs, however, no matter how afraid they are, like to be near their people.
With the door constantly opening and closing, there is also the danger that your pet can slip out unnoticed. Be sure to know where they are at all times and watch for a furry little body streaking by when you open the door.
If you like to dress your pet up for the holiday, make sure there aren’t any parts of the costume that could become lodged in a throat. And make sure the costume fits correctly and is comfortable. Don’t force a costume on an animal that clearly doesn’t want to wear one and behaves in a distressed manner.Finally, Halloween – including the weeks leading up to it – presents a particular danger to black cats. Many shelters refuse to adopt them out at this time of year for this exact reason and if your black cat is caught outside by the wrong people, it could prove fatal. We like to think that everyone shares our love of animals, but there are some people in the world who don’t and they will harm them if given the chance. If your black cat normally spends time outdoors, consider keeping her inside this time of year. A little annoyance for Kitty is worth it to keep him safe.