How to keep your pets safe this Halloween

Oct 25, 2022, 3:43 PM | Updated: 9:10 pm

(Humane Society of Utah)...

(Humane Society of Utah)

(Humane Society of Utah)

MURRAY, Utah — Halloween can be a fun, spooky time, but it can also be a stressful holiday for our furry friends.

Here are some tips, courtesy of the Humane Society of Utah, on how to keep your pets safe:

  • Know which holiday treats are safe for your pet and which are not
    • Keep pets away from anything containing chocolate or xylitol (sometimes called “birch sugar”)
  • Don’t allow children to store their Halloween candy stash in their room as pets have very strong noses and can likely find even the most carefully hidden treats
    • Keep candy up high and stored securely out of paws reach
  • Don’t put up decorations that put your pets at unease in locations where they will routinely come across them as loud noises and spooky animatronics can be scary
    • Also, avoid taking pets to areas where these types of decorations are present, such as local Halloween displays
  • Don’t leave pets outdoors and unattended on Halloween night
  • Make sure pets have microchips and ID tags with up-to-date information in the case that they get spooked and escape
  • Keep pets away from Jack-o’-lanterns, candles and glow sticks
    • Pets can potentially burn themselves on candles or tip them over and cause a fire
    • Glow sticks, though typically non-toxic, have a bitter taste, which may cause a negative reaction by any pets who decide to chew on them
  • Know your pet before deciding to put them into a costume as the experience may cause undue stress and even injury
    • “Pets should never be in a situation where they are uncomfortable or fearful as that can create a situation where the pet has to protect themselves by growling or biting,” said Anjela Sullenger, HSU’s behavior and training manager.

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How to keep your pets safe this Halloween