1. Deathly sweet tooth – Chocolate, especially dark or baking chocolate is very toxic and dangerous for dogs and cats. It can cause vomiting, restlessness,heart disturbances, and even death. Make sure all family members understand the dangers of sharing their candy with their pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxice call the Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. 
  2. Pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively non toxic; however they can produce stomach problems.
  3. Ensure that all lit pumpkins and candles are out of reach for pets. Kittens are curious as well as puppies; cats can jump and watch out for those big dog tails.  If you are unsure about the safety of your pet on Halloween, best to confine them in a separate room with food and water. No Fires!
  4. When opening the door for trick – or – treaters make sure your dog or cat doesn’t dart out. 
  5. If this is your pets first Halloween, be mindful of the extra activity and too many strangers. It can be scary and stressful for pets. I recommend for the newbie pets to break them in a little at a time. Bring them out to greet some trick – or – treaters occasionally, hold them and speak with a gentle fun tone, but no screeching.
  6. Don’t leave pets outside on Halloween. Many animals disappear as pranksters and those with darker intentions tease, abduct, torture, or even kill pets. Black cats are frequent targets of cruel activities on Halloween.  Please keep them in during the week of Halloween. Many animal shelters will not allow black cat adoptions during the week of Halloween.
  7. Please do not force your pet to wear a costume. Some pets truly are Hams and others are not.  Only if they love it –  then do it up! Some costumes also contain material that may cause an allergic reaction. Try on the costume the night before and observe for any abnormal behavior. If your pet doesn’t prefer a costume, try a festive bandana.
  8. If your pet wants to be a part of the action, make sure the costume does not constrict any movement, the ability to see, hearing,  and the ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume for dangling objects that can get caught and injure your pet or small objects that can be chewed off and choked on.
  9. Please! Make sure your pet has an ID or is micro chipped. This will improve your chances of getting your pet if they get lost.
  10. Advise your children to throw away candy wrappers in a place where the pet can’t get.  Candy wrappers can get stuck in your pets’ digestive tract and make them seriously ill or cause death. Make or buy a special treat for pet for Halloween to involve your children and not leave your pet out.