5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Angela Remmert by Angela Remmert | 10.10.2013
Halloween Pet

Chu-Chu and I getting ready for some Halloween fun on Long Island, NY.

As a kid, some of my favorite memories were wrapped around Halloween. Despite the occasional Mary Jane, I loved getting a pillowcase full of candy and dressing up in the costumes my mom sewed for me. My favorite had to be the Little Bo Peep number with Chu-Chu, my family Lhasa Apso, as my sheep.

At the time, I didn’t see many costumed pets walking around the neighborhood. Today’s pet owners are certainly more enthusiastic. According to Time, American consumers were expected to collectively spend $370 million on pet costumes in 2012. Chances are you will be in front of some of these pet owners on your next sales call. So, why not share some of these Halloween tips from the ASPCA?

1. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

3. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

4. Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver.

5. Don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it since it can cause undue stress. If you do dress up your pet, the costume should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try the costume on your pet before the big night. 

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!