With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about pet safety.

When most of us think of Halloween, we think about the steps we should take to keep our kids safe. However, Halloween can be a dangerous time for your pets too. Here are a few tips from our pet surgery center to keep your pets safe this Halloween:

#1. Don’t leave your pets outside.

If you have a cat or dog who spends most of their time outside, Halloween is the one day of the year when they are better off indoors. Unfortunately, for some, Halloween is a time for pranks and destruction, and many cats and dogs are taken, teased, abused or even killed on Halloween. The good news is that this is easily prevented by simply keeping your pet indoors.

#2. Avoid giving your pet any candy.

When you have a delicious treat, you want your pet to have one too, but candy is a treat that you should never give to your pet. Many people are familiar with the fact that chocolate is poisonous for dogs and cats, but other candies contain toxic substances as well. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many different Halloween candy, and even a small amount can lead to deadly seizures and drops in blood pressure.

#3. Don’t bring your pet to the door with you.

Even if your dog is the sweetest, most well-behaved dog in the world, you should keep him or her away from the door on Halloween. There is a lot of excitement and tension in the air, which your dog will pick up on. Additionally, dogs don’t understand what costumes are or why you are wearing one, and it can cause them to behave unusually or even aggressively.

Stay tuned for our next blog for more Halloween safety tips for your pet.