Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Graphic courtesy RASKC

Halloween is "spook-tacular" for kids of all ages, but the holiday can be pretty scary for our pets. Regional Animal Services of King County would like to remind pet owners of a few safety tips before the ghosts and goblins come begging.

  • Never feed candy to your pet, especially chocolate. If you suspect your dog or cat has gotten into Halloween treats, contact your veterinarian right away. 
  • Costumes can be scary to some pets. If your pet is easily spooked by strangers or loud noises, consider keeping them safe in a pet crate or confined to a quiet room while trick-or-treaters are out. 
  • Since they can escape when you open the door for trick-or-treaters, be sure your pet is wearing a collar with a license or ID tag securely attached. You may also consider microchipping your cat or dog. Check with your veterinarian. 
  • If your pet does escape, check with all local shelters (PAWS) and animal rescue groups, as scared pets can sometimes travel long distances. You can file a report on RASKC's website at www.kingcounty.gov/LostAPet.


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