Halloween Hazards


We all know that Halloween is a favourite time of the year for children (big and small), but Amherst Veterinary Hospital reminds you that it is a frightening and dangerous time for animals.

Firecrackers, which are illegal in all areas of the province, are the most serious threat to animals. The loud bangs and screeches terrify both pets and farm animals. In their panic to flee from the source of their fright they can run blindly into traffic or become disoriented and lost.



  • Have your pet idenfified with a tatto or microchip, collar and identification tag
  • Keep your dog on a leash while walking
  • be sure your backyard is pet-safe and secure

In the week before Halloween

  • Don’t allow your cats out after dark
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in the backyard
  • Work with neighbours to stop the illegal use of firecrackers in your neighbourhood

Halloween Night – Wednesday, October 31

  • Make sure your pets are inside your home
  • Make sure your pets cannot escape through the front door when it is opened for children
  • Don’t set off fireworks close to where your pets are housed
  • Never give candy to your pets. Chocolate can be toxic and fatal in sufficient quantities

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