• Cierra Voelkl

Safety Tips for Pets on Howl-o-ween!

Updated: Oct 26


From the risk of dogs darting out front doors to getting into toxic chocolate, Halloween carries many risks for our beloved pets. We put together some tips and tricks so they only scare you get is from the neighborhood kids dressed as a zombie.


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1. Keep Candy out of Reach

You don't have to physically give your dogs candy for them to ingest it. Just by leaving the bowl out on a chair next to the front door leaves it available for Fido to help themself. As we all know, chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is poison to dogs in certain quantities. The artificial sweetener xylitol is also extremely dangerous. “Xylitol ingestion can also cause liver failure in dogs, even if they don’t develop symptoms associated with low blood sugar,” adds Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinary advisor with petMD


2. Keep Everyone INSIDE

This includes your outdoor cats. Round them up and don't let them wander the neighborhood on Halloween and the nights leading up. As some know, black cats and perceived to be associated with witch craft and are actually stolen during this time. Keeping everyone indoors also prevents them from being victims of Halloween pranks and overall cruelty.

3. Let Them Shine Bright

If your dogs are going with your family for trick or treating, invest in a light up collar or even leash. If they happen to dart, it'll be easier to locate them in the darkness and crowds. And also keep their ID's on them at all times including animals who are staying home.

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4. Hey JACK!

Don't let your pets near Jack-o-laterns because you know what's In Jack-o-lanters? Candles! The last thing you want is Fluffy knocking over a candle and setting everything ablaze. Maybe consider electric tea lights instead!

5. Dress Up Party

We may LOVE putting our pets in costume because who doesn't like to dress up but they might not like it as much as you. Some dogs (and even cats) are completely comfortable in Halloween costumes but it can cause undue stress and discomfort too many. Make sure they can still move freely and aren't restricted. Also opt to try it on prior to the big night or event in case you need to make any alterations.


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6. Stay Calm

We may LOVE putting our pets in costume because who doesn't like to dress up but they might not like it as much as you. Some dogs (and even cats) are completely comfortable in Halloween costumes but it can cause undue stress and discomfort too many. Make sure they can still move freely and aren't restricted. Also, opt to try it on prior to the big night or event in case you need to make any alterations.

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