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 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.