Happy Halloween from Protect America! This downloadable resource for pet-owners is a seasonal guide containing crucial tips and fun facts to keep in mind during the spooky season of Halloween. Its primary goal is to inform and safeguard your pets from hazards during the trick-or-treating season.

Protect America aims to help pet-owners avoid the potential dangers of Halloween activities with the following downloadable Halloween Safety Guide for Pets:

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Every year, over 150 million Americans participate in Halloween festivities. Revelers enjoy dressing up, decorating, eating candy and celebrating the changing of the seasons. However, this time of year also offers substantial challenges to pet owners. This year, 22 million people will play dress-up with their pets, spending an estimated $330 million on costumes for their furry friends. Strange noises, sights, and smells can make Halloween a stressful night for your pet. With a small amount of planning, you can make this Halloween a fun night for both you and your pet!

Five Pet Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

  1. Do you plan on dressing up this Halloween? Before dressing your pet up in an uncomfortable costume, consider some festive ways to include them in your fun evening without causing discomfort. Stay away from masks or anything that might cover your pet’s eyes or ears. Additionally, remove any costume parts that could pose as a potential choking hazard. Try using a festive handkerchief to spice up your pet’s look on Halloween. Most pets are happiest in their birthday suits. However, consider a new collar or bandana to gussy up your furry friend. Remember to take off your pet’s costume immediately if you notice any unhappiness or distress.
  2. Do you plan on going out this Halloween? Or will you stay at home? Loud noises and strange visitors can make Halloween a stressful time for pets. Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. Keep your pets in a quiet room away from your front door. Consider bringing outdoor pets inside for the evening. Also, be sure all your pets are properly marked with a collar, microchip and ID-tag.
  3. Candy is not for pets. All forms of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be poisonous and even lethal for dogs and cats. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can be dangerous. Keep your candy packaged and away from your pets. 
  4. Guard your gourd! Jack-o-lanterns are a tempting fire hazard, particularly for cats. Keep lighted pumpkins out of paws’ reach. Instead, illuminate your jack-o-lanterns with LED lights instead of candles.
  5. Glow sticks are not to be chewed! This goes for everyone, not just pets. Puppies especially, can often mistake household items for toys. You’ve probably caught your pup chewing on something he or she isn’t supposed to at some point. Though non-toxicglow sticks are a common cause of calls to animal poison control. The liquid inside is bitter and can cause excessive salivation and discomfort. A small treat or drink of milk will mitigate the taste. 

Happy Halloween from Protect America!

Protect America is trying to raise awareness by providing pet-owners these fun facts and tips about safely participating in Halloween festivities. Whether you’re staying in with you pet or going out for the night, Halloween should be a fun time for all. Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet’s experience is a safe one!