Howl-O-Ween is fun for people, but not always fun for pets. There are many hidden dangers that might come up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a boo-tiful night. You just have to be prepared. So let’s leave the tricks and treats for humans and make sure Fido and Kitty have a safe and happy pawliday.

1. Avoid a candy cat-astrophe.

Halloween treats meant for people can be toxic for pets. Chocolate, sweets made with Xylitol and candy wrappers can turn Halloween into a real life nightmare. Play it safe by keeping all candy away from your pets. If you see any signs of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat/ breathing or seizures, call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6690) ASAP. Remind your kids to keep candy out of reach and store it away from those pesky paws.

2. Costumes aren’t always the cat’s pajamas.

I know what you’re thinking. What’s Halloween without costumes? But not all four-legged friends enjoy dressing up. Here’s how to be sure you don’t stress your pet:

  • Try the costume on in advance to see how they respond.
  • Pets should only wear costumes they LOVE.
  • Make sure Spot can move, breath and see.
  • Double check for choking hazards.
  • As an alternative try a festive bandana (there might even be one waiting for you at Bend Pet Express Dog Wash)!

3. Beware of ghoulish guests.

Unfortunately the demons come out on all hallows eve. Most people are nice, but some play tricks on animals that are mean, so don’t forget to bring your pets inside on Halloween (especially if you have a black cat).

4. Be wary of scary decorations.

Think about where you are putting your decorations and keep them out of your pets reach. Cobwebs, balloons, streamers and candles might add the perfect spook to your haunted house, but they can be chewed, swallowed or even start a fire.

5. Don’t let Halloween frighten your fur babies.

Extra visitors, foot traffic and doorbells can scare and overwhelm your pet. There are many ways to help them relax. Try moving them to another room and turn on some music to drown the unique sounds of Halloween. Or you can preoccupy them with a chew or try calming aids like Rescue Remedy. You might even consider training them with a high value treat before the big night, so they get used to the doorbell. Whichever option you chose, be sure they’re wearing tags. Animals have been known to run away on Halloween, making it a truly scary night.

Halloween is a time to eat, drink and be scary, just be sure to follow these simple tips so your pets have a spook-free Howliday!