Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents

halloween pet safety tips

We don’t want any scaredy cats this Halloween! Make sure to keep you and your pet safe this Halloween with these helpful tips.

No Tricks, No Treats: The bowl of candy waiting at your front door for trick-or-treaters is not for your furry friend. Chocolate in all forms – especially dark or baking chocolate – can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candy containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic please call your vet or your local ASPCA’s animal poison control center.

Did you know pumpkins can be toxic? Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively non-toxic, but they can produce upset stomachs in pets that nibble on them.

Holiday Lights: Be careful to ensure wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations are out of reach for your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns or even electrical shock.

Carved Pumpkins: A carved pumpkin is always fun for you and your children to enjoy but for a dog or cat they can be anything but that. Leave your pumpkin in a place where they can’t get hurt by the candle burning on the inside. A great alternative to actual candles is smaller LED candles that you can find in your local hardware or craft store.

Is your animal social? If your dog or cat is not the most social being than they should be kept in a separate area from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for your pet.

ID Tags: Don’t forget to have your ID tags on your cats and dogs in case they escape your house. They only ways someone can help you get him or her home is if they have their ID tag with all updated information. You might want to consider a microchip too!

Use these guidelines for Halloween and we’re sure both you and your pet will have a spookless Halloween. Don’t forget to latch your pet door too so your dog or cat can’t dart outside as they wish!

With the holiday season right around the corner, check out these Safety Tips for Pet Friendly Decorations.

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