Halloween is fun for children and adults alike, but it’s often extremely stressful for pets. The Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends that dogs and cats be kept in a separate room away from all of the action at the front door. The constant ringing of the doorbell and children approaching the door in costume could cause your dog or cat to become frightened and dart out the door. Your pet could also become aggressive towards the visitors. Another reason to keep your pets indoors on Halloween night is that they might end up the victim of pranksters. This is especially true of black cats. In fact, many animal shelters will not allow people to adopt a black cat around Halloween out of concern for the cat’s safety. Inside the house, make sure that any decorations you put up are safe for your pet. A pumpkin with a lit candle inside is an accident waiting to happen with a dog or a cat in the house. An excited dog could easily knock it over with his tail while a curious cat might end up getting burned. Decorative corn, another popular Halloween decoration, can make animals sick if they ingest it. While it might be tempting to share Halloween candy with a pet that begs for it, giving in could seriously jeopardize your pet’s health. Chocolate in any form and xylitol, an artificial sweetener in sugar-free candy, are especially bad for pets. If your pet shows any indication of having eaten something toxic, such as sudden vomiting or diarrhea, you can connect with our clinic immediately by calling us. Lastly, use caution if you choose to dress your pet up in a costume. While she may look adorable dressed as a pumpkin or a superhero, you need to supervise her at all times. Pets tend to chew on anything unfamiliar, and having your dog or cat ingest fabric or plastic isn’t something you want to deal with on Halloween night.