Howloween Safety Tips

The most spooktacular night of the year is rapidly approaching!! SPCA has some great tips and basic precautions for Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “Happy Haunting” all the way to November 1.

No Treats: The candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be VERY dangerous for dogs and cats. Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs.  Candies containing the artificial sweeteners (especially xylitol) can be EXTREMELY dangerous. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Spark-less:  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.

Fire Free:  Jack-o-lanterns are very festive, but exercise caution if you use candles. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

Costume Cautious:  Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she enjoys it! For pets that prefer their “birthday suits”, wearing a costume may cause extreme stress. Please make sure the costume is safe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede the ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

Stranger Danger:  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.

Door Don’ts:  When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

IDs Please:  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, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Pet Protection:  Please be sure to bring ALL of your animals (especially black cats) inside to a safe area for Halloween.  We want to be sure all the family has a fun and safe night!

Happy Halloween from all of us at SPCA of Wake County!