Beware Halloween Hazards to your Dogs and Cats!

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Halloween dogHalloween is right around the corner! You may find yourself making plans to take the kids trick-or-treating or buying lots of goodies at the grocery store to give out to little kiddies. No matter what your plans are, take a few moments to review these essential pet safety tips, and avoid Halloween hazards to your pets.



  • Halloween treats are for humans, not pets! Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candy containing sweetener xylitol can cause problems for pets. Keep them away from ALL candy, and with so much laying around this time of year, you need to be extra careful.
  • Pumpkins and decorative corn can upset pet’s stomachs. Make sure they don’t eat them – if they show an interest, move them out of reach.
  • Dressing your pets up? Be sure costumes fit and there are no loose bits for pets to choke on – and don’t leave your pet unattended in a costume too long.  They really don’t like them and could hurt themselves trying to remove them.
  • Pets should be kept away from the front door – they might bolt when you least expect it.  Cats should be confined to a safe area.
  • Outdoor cats should NOT be let out on Halloween.  Sadly there are people out there who would do them harm.
  • Too many strangers can be scary/stressful for pets so if you are hosting a party, keep the furry family members in a quiet and isolated area in your home.
  • Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets.
  • Exercise caution if you choose to add a candle to your pumpkin. Pets can easily knock it over!
  • Make sure your pet has proper ID. If your pet escapes and becomes lost it can be a lifesaver.
Dog Halloween costume

Bat Girl??? Really?

Following these simple tips can help keep your furry family member safely out of harm’s way on this exciting night!

For more information, see the list of Halloween Dangers on the Pet Poison Hotline website