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Oct 19, 2017 Return to Headlines

Have a Happy Howl-o-ween and Keep Pets Safe

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 19, 2017 – Fireworks and the parade of costumed strangers at the door are part of what makes Halloween fun for humans, but they can be terrifying for pets.

When dogs and cats are frightened, they are more likely to run away from home, jump out of open windows or dart into traffic. Even farm animals have been known to run into barbed-wire fences when panicked.

As Halloween approaches, the Coquitlam Animal Shelter is asking residents to give as much thought to keeping their pets safe as they do to planning their costumes.
The BC SPCA provides the following tips:

  • Keep pets inside to give them have fewer opportunities to confront trick-or treaters.
  • Some pets do best if left in a separate room with a radio or TV on to mask the sound of fireworks and trick-or-treaters. Leave plenty of toys in the room to make sure your pet doesn’t think he or she is being isolated as a punishment.
  • If your pet finds the doorbell disturbing, consider disconnecting it for the night. Alternatively, leave a bowl of treats near the door outside and so that trick-or-treaters can help themselves rather than knocking or ringing the doorbell.
  • Make sure your dog or cat wears identification and a permanent ID, such as a tattoo or microchip registered with the BC Pet Registry, in case they run away.
  • Candy is unhealthy for pets – particularly chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Get them pet treats instead.
  • Don’t take your pet with you trick-or-treating. The strange sights and sounds of Halloween can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if he or she feels scared or threatened.
  • Be mindful that dressing your pet in a costume may make them uncomfortable or inhibit their ability to communicate. This can make dogs prone to display aggression or be subjected to aggressive behaviour from other dogs. Costumes can be fun as long as your pet is comfortable and happy.

For more information on how to keep your dog safe and healthy, visit


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