Halloween Pet Safety 101

Shark Week Chihuahua !The greater Reading area is abuzz with activities this time of year. Between the Haunted Hollow Fall Fest, Halloween Ghost Lantern tours at Crystal Cave, festive hayrides, and endless corn mazes, there’s no end to fun and spooky adventures awaiting families.

For pets, however, Halloween can quickly go from exciting to scary, and even dangerous. Learn how to keep the holiday pet-friendly with our Halloween and pet safety tips.

Keeping Pets Calm

The knocking and doorbell ringing that announce the arrival of tiny princesses and superheroes can be scary and stressful for pets. Create a safe space, away from all the action, for your pet during peak trick-or-treating hours. Include your pet’s bedding, water, toys, litter box (if needed), and some form of white noise, like music, TV, or a fan, to drown out the commotion. After the last trick-or-treater has gone, let your pet out and offer plenty of snuggles for reassurance.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

  • Pet costumes are certainly cute, and can be lots of fun for the willing pet. Just be sure that the fit is not too tight and doesn’t restrict your pet’s airways, vision, or hearing. Safe pet costumes should have no small or dangling parts that can be chewed off and pose a choking hazard. And remember, not all pets enjoy clothes. If your pet seems visibly stressed or uncomfortable in the costume, don’t force the issue.
  • Keep candy bowls and other treats out of reach. Many Halloween treats are toxic to pets, including candy containing chocolate, Xylitol, raisins, and nuts.
  • Consider using battery operated lights instead of candles. Open flames in a pumpkin or candleholder can easily be knocked over by a curious kitten or precocious pup, which may result in injury or fire.
  • Keep pets inside! Cruelty to animals is a sad reality and pets, especially black cats, are often targets for pranks around this time of year. We recommend keeping pets inside during the week leading up to Halloween, and for a few days after, to keep them safe.
  • Keep your pet’s microchip and identification tag information current. Accidents do happen, and with the chaos of strangers coming and going, doors and gates can mistakenly be left open, allowing pets to escape. A pet who is wearing a collar and ID tags and has current microchip information is more likely to be safely returned to you.

In the case of a Halloween health emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center. We are open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and always ready to serve the needs of your pet.