July 4th is a tough holiday for pets, but so is Halloween. People always knocking on your door, screaming for candy, all kinds of strangers coming in your yard. This isn't normal to your pet and sometimes they are afraid.

Here are some tips from WANE and the ASPCA:

  • Pets will be safest if kept inside the house or keep them in a kennel, especially if they feel safe in it. Kids might tease the dog or cat if they are left out.
  • Put your pet in a separate room. Dogs especially get anxious and may bark a lot, if they are in a bedroom or basement they will tend to be calmer.
  • Keep Halloween candy out of places dogs and cats can get them. Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Whether your pet is in costume or not, make sure it has a collar with a tag telling the license number and your home address, something might spook the dog and you would want it returned home. If you dress your pet in costume, make sure your pet's nose, eyes, and mouth are not covered, and that it can go to the bathroom as normal. If your pet becomes agitated or distressed, remove the costume right away.
  • Make sure flames from Jack O Lanterns are not accessable to pets.
  • Don't let people in costumes interact with your pet, because they look strange may cause the pet to act in an unpredictable way.
  • Unless you know how your pet will react, it is best to leave them at home.

Halloween can be more fun for the whole family if safety is observed with your family pet.

Police also remind everyone to watch out for cars for your pets and children too.