Halloween is not a treat for pets

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), dogs and cats are creatures of habit and may become frightened or agitated by the sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters. “Keep your pets safety inside,” said Martha Armstrong, HSUS vice president of companion animals. “Avoid the temptation to dress up your dog and send him trick-or- treating with your children.”

You certainly don’t want your pet to bite or scratch children (or adults) who are trick-or-treating. It may result in a lawsuit.

Secure all candy safely away from pets. Chocolate can be harmful, even fatal to pets.

Restrict your pet’s access to jack o’ lanterns and candles for their sake and yours. Decorations with live flames are obvious hazards, but cats can also get tangled in streamers. And dogs, who will chew just about anything, can become ill from eating holiday decorations.

Black cats are at risk of becoming unwilling participants in the darker side of Halloween activities. Armstrong urges owners of all pets, particularly black cats, to keep a close eye on their pets around Halloween.