To keep pets safe over Halloween, the Central California Animal Disaster Team is sharing the following tips for pet owners:
- Keep your pets indoors, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.
- Make sure pets wear tags with updated identification in case they get out when opening the door for trick-or-treaters.
- Keep candy out of reach – chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to pets.
- Take care with costumes – masks can make pets uncomfortable or cause injury.
- Keep pets away from decorations, such as candles, which can set fire to fur, hanging items, which can entangle or choke animals, and fake cobwebs, which they can choke on.
- When trick-or-treating, leave your dog at home.
- Know that Halloween plants, such as pumpkins and decorative corn, are considered relatively nontoxic, but they can create stomach problems for pets that nibble on them.
- Watch out for wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations. If chewed, pets may suffer cuts, burns or a life-threatening electrical shock.