Halloween doesn't have to be scary for your pets. Here are a few "tricks" to help keep your pets safe and secure this Halloween.
License and Microchip Your Pet
Licensing and microchipping your pets is the best way to help ensure their quick and safe return should they dart out the door while you tend to trick-or-treaters. Licensing is required for all adult cats and dogs if you reside in unincorporated Snohomish County. Learn more about licensing your pet here.
Keep Candy and Decorations Out of Reach
Many trick-or-treat favorites like chocolate are toxic to pets so make sure the treats are kept where they cannot be reached. While pumpkins are relatively non-toxic in small amounts, ingesting large amounts can lead to gastrointestinal issues and intestinal blockage. Contact your vet immediately if you believe your pet has ingested something toxic or harmful.
Confine Pets to a Quiet Area
Ghosts and goblins ringing your doorbell and yelling "trick-or-treat" can be scary for pets, potentially causing them to act territorial and aggressive. Consider keeping your pets indoors and keeping them in a quiet room away from all the festivities.
Make Sure Pet Costumes are Safe and Comfortable
Dressing up your pet up may be cute and fun for you but wearing a costume can be stressful for animals. If you do dress up your pet, check to make sure the costume doesn't restrict your pet's ability to breath, see, move freely, bark or meow. Check the costume for pieces that could easily be chewed off and cause a choking hazard or for pieces that could get caught on objects and lead to injury.