No Tricks Here: Keep your pet safe this Halloween!

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Halloween is fun - there is no denying that! However, kids in costumes and candy definitely don't mix well with pets, so we've put together five helpful tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

1. Keep the human treats out of reach.

Candy is delicious, but not shareable with pets (why would you want to share your candy anyway?). It should be kept out of reach of curious noses at all times. Here are the three most dangerous things in that bag:

  1. Chocolate: Chocolate contains the compound theobromine—dogs and cats don't have the digestive enzyme to break it down. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. If your pet happens to get into your chocolate snacks, contact your vet as soon as possible to see what you should do. They will likely have you induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Raisins: No one wants to receive raisins on Halloween, but grapes have a high toxicity in dogs due to an unknown compound that causes almost immediate kidney failure. Being dried grapes, raisins have the same toxicity. It doesn't take many! Three grapes would be enough to cause kidney failure in a small-breed dog.
  3. Candies containing the sweetener Xylitol: This includes gum! There are many types of candies and gum that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol. Though this sweetener is more commonly found in sugar-free products, it's not to be messed with. Xylitol causes a dramatic and dangerous insulin increase. A rapid increase in insulin can cause hypoglycemia within 10 to 60 minutes after ingestion.

2. Keep your pets inside.

We recommend keeping your pets inside and away from the front door on Halloween, especially if they are easily spooked. Dogs, especially, can become aggressive when startled and may lash out or even bite. Scary things might include:

  1. Kids (or adults) in costumes
  2. Pets in costumes
  3. Halloween decorations
  4. Loud noises

You may think your pet can handle people constantly coming to the door, but it can quickly become overwhelming.

Though thought to ensure a safe return on British maritime vessels, we strongly recommend keeping black cats inside on Halloween. Universal superstitions about containing evil spirits and being unlucky* can put a black cat at an even higher risk of danger.

*DISCLAIMER: We love black cats. ❤️

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3. Make sure your pet's ID tags are up-to-date.

Have you moved or changed your phone number since you got your pet? Having the most up-to-date information listed on your pet's microchip and ID tags will ensure that your pet finds it's way back to you if it ends up in a shelter. More often than not, if your pet has a collar ID tag, the nice person that found them will do their best to get a hold of you or return them home. Make sure both the microchip and the collar ID tags are updated with your most recent info!

4. Try on pet costumes BEFORE Halloween.

If you plan on taking your pet trick-or-treating or entering him into a costume contest, we recommend making sure his costumes fits well and that he's comfortable in it before the big day. If you have never put a costume on your pet, they honestly might hate it. If they are uncomfortable, don't force it.

5. Keep a natural calming aid on hand.

Let's face it, doorbells are annoying and the constant dinging can really stress some pets out. If your pet shows anxious behaviors during Halloween festivities, make sure you have a natural calming aid on hand, (such as our product, July Third). 

July Third is formulated especially for nights like these to help dogs maintain a normal, content, and relaxed disposition during stressful situations. With valerian, chamomile, thiamine, L-Tryptophan, and passion flower, our July Third is a natural way to keep your pet calm during this spooky season.

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Lindsey is the graphic designer and marketing coordinator for Herbsmith. You can also find her writing some blog content and connecting with both retailers and consumers. She owns a white Staffordshire terrier mix, Willie, and backs Joslin's petition for a desk fish 100%.