Halloween Tips for Pet Owners

Halloween is a super fun holiday to be creative and satisfy your sweet tooth, but you have to be extra careful and creative when it comes to your furry friend too.

  1. Make sure to keep your pet away from the chocolate. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can make them extremely sick. If any wrappers are left in the candy while your animals chomps one it, that can be another disaster! 
  2. While opening the door to hand out candy, keep your animal inside! They may be excited to see visitors, but the trick-or-treaters may not have the same reaction. Some animals, especially big dogs, can be very intimidating and scary, so it’s best to keep them away.
  3. Costumes can be cute, but they aren’t always a good option. Make sure your pet isn’t bothered by a costume before making them wear it the entire night. Restriction of eyesight and movement can be very aggravating to your furry loved one, and you want them to be as comfortable as possible if they have to wear the costume all night.
  4. Keep an eye out on your pet while answering the door. Many dogs and cats like to be sneaky and dart out the door when they aren’t supposed to. It’s very important to make sure they stay inside your home and are safe.
  5. Be cautious of decorations. Some decor, such as jack-o-lanterns, can be dangerous. Tails can easily start a fire if the pumpkin is lit with a real candle. Cords can get ripped out of walls and more fragile decorations can be knocked over. 
  6. Keep some sort of ID on your pet!! In the unfortunate event of your pet escaping, it is important that they have identification so they can be returned to you safe and sound.

Written by: Devan Gillis