To the Editor:
No tricks, just treats: Keep your pet safe this Halloween
This Halloween, pet owners partaking in frightening family fun should remember to keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe - including the four-legged ones.
Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets, since many Halloween candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.
With trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space they can retreat to if needed, and watch the door for escape artists: many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance.
Keeping your pet safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few simple precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s spooky scares.
Dr. Kwane Stewart
Dr. Stewart is the chief veterinary officer at American Humane.