For especially nervous animals, the parade of costumed kids and endlessly chiming doorbells can get to be too much for comfort. For nervous or anxious pets, put them in their crate or kennel – or in another room in the house, so they’ll feel safe. And remember: Even if your dog wouldn’t typically bite, some dogs react by biting or growling at strangers out of fear, or because they are protecting their owner(s).
Also, even if your pet is typically an inside pet, attach your contact information to their collar. It is not uncommon for pets to become confused and run away with the many visitors and open doors.
Finally, decorations and Jack-O'-Lanterns are tempting for pets to get their noses into. Needless to say, it's too easy for them to get hurt if left unsupervised, whether it's in a tangle of crepe paper or a singed coat from an open flame. Curious kittens are particularly at risk of becoming burned. Always keep these Halloween favors out of your pet's reach!
It might seem like fun to let them try some human treats. But not only are some candies toxic, pets can have allergic reactions to them. So don’t share your candy with your pets. And remember that unfamiliar dog treats might set off an allergic type of reaction in some pets.
A final note: If your pet has severe stress or anxiety with changes from their normal routine (like trick-or-treaters, costumes and sounds) contact your veterinarian for more suggestions to keep your four-legged friend safe.