FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Halloween is almost here, and to prevent the holiday from becoming a scary one for you and your pets, Best Friends Animal Society listed some helpful tips to follow.

According to Best Friends, there are some basic precautions pet owners can take to keep their furry friends safe:

  • Pets should be kept inside during Halloween, if trick-or-treating is happening in your community. Use caution when answering the door so your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside. If the extra door knocking or doorbell ringing stresses out your pets, put them in a quiet room away from the noise.  
  • Make sure your pets have current ID tags and that microchip info is up to date, just in case they do escape.  
  • Candy is for kids, not dogs and cats. Chocolate can be very toxic to our furry friends. Candy containing xylitol (artificial sweetener) can also be dangerous. Keep any stashes of candy out of pets’ reach. 
  • Wires and cords that light up your holiday decorations can be deadly if chewed on. Please make sure pets don’t have access to them. 
  • Jack-o-lanterns with lit candles should be kept away from pets who might accidentally knock them over and potentially start a fire.  
  • If you do decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume is not annoying and is safe for your pet. Costumes should not constrict movement, breathing, or vision. Small dangling pieces can be choking hazards. Ill-fitting costumes can get twisted and caught on external objects and hurt your pet.  
  • Most dogs would prefer not to go trick or treating, or participate in Halloween parades or scavenger hunts. The chaos and costumes and excited kids can be frightening to even the friendliest of dogs and cause them to act differently than normal.  
  • You can make the holiday fun and special for your pets by buying or making them treats or toys that are healthy and safe and just for them! 

If you don’t yet have furry friend to keep you calm on the frightful night, Best Friends in Bentonville has several pets available for adoption.