Halloween Safety for Pets

Keep candy out of reach of pets. Halloween candy can be extremely toxic to pets (especially chocolate and xylitol), but that won’t stop them from trying to find it all! Monitor candy bags and be sure they are up high and away from nosy pets. Signs that your dog may have eaten candy include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, and seizures. If your pet has gotten into the candy it is best to contact a veterinarian immediately.

Beware of costumes – both on your pet and on humans. Halloween is a weird holiday for our pets. They are not accustomed to seeing people with masks, hats, wigs, and all other types of interesting articles of clothing. It can be quite frightening for our pets, especially if this is their first Halloween. Be mindful of this and maybe let them quietly chew their bone in a comfortable area of the house rather than going out trick or treating with you. If you are going to dress your pet up for Halloween, introduce them slowly to the costume and monitor them with it on. Some pets may find it stressful to wear a costume, or may think it is a fun toy to rip apart. Be aware of lose fabric, tight fabric, or other parts of the costume that may pose a choking or strangling risk.

Do not leave your pets outside unattended around Halloween – especially black cats. It might sounds crazy, but there are all types of people out and about on Halloween. Even in recent years, there are increased reports of animal cruelty around Halloween or animal-involved pranks. Even without cruel intent, Halloween can be a dangerous time for our pets as the increased amount of foot traffic and exuberant kids in costumes can scare pets and make them flee.

Beware of jack-o-lanterns. Having an open flame around your pets can be dangerous. Some pets instinctively know to stay away from flames, but some may not get it right away. If you have a playful or goofy pet, they might just run right into it by accident. It’s also important to make sure your pet doesn’t eat the pumpkin! While pumpkin in small amounts is nutritious, large amounts of pumpkin could cause problems. Same goes with any other edible decorations you may have around – be sure your pet isn’t making a snack out of them!

Make sure your pet tags and microchips are up-to-date. As mentioned, Halloween can be a scary time for pets, causing them to run away and hide. Halloween can also be chaotic, with people coming to door over and over. A pet could slip out or get lost easily. Making sure their ID tags and microchip are up-to-date greatly improves the chances that you will be reunited with your fur-baby.