Halloween Dog Safety Tips: Keeping It Fun & Safe

Halloween is a great time of the year for pets and people. The yummy Halloween Candy, the Crazy Costumes, the parties and the happy children. It is a fun tradition, but it is important to remember a few Halloween safety tips to keep your pets happy, healthy and stress-free. These tidbits of advice can ensure that you (and your dog) have a fun (and safe) Halloween.

Avoid Sweets
While you and I may enjoy the occasional candy bar, chocolate in all forms can be deadly for dogs and cats. Tin foil and cellophane wrappers are also dangerous if ingested. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Problem Plants
Pumpkins, hay and cornstalks make great decorations at this time of year but can produce gastrointestinal upset or even intestinal blockage if ingested by pets. Additionally, be sure to keep Halloween decorations safely out of reach, especially jack-o’-lanterns lighted by candles or electrical cords.

Dog Costume Safety
It can be great fun to dress up your pet in a cool Dog Halloween Costume. However, it is wise to be sure your dog or cat is comfortable being in costume. Many pets love the extra attention, but for some it can cause undue stress. Halloween dog costumes should not limit your pet’s ability to see, hear, breathe or move about freely. Avoid costumes with small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces and monitor your pet at all times when he or she is in costume.

Above: Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be lots of fun. This Dog Lion's Mane Costume is an easy costume choice if your dog is particularly furry.

Doorbell Blues
Even the most social pets can become stressed out by a sudden influx of trick-or-treaters or party goers. Know your dog or cat’s limitations and provide a safe, quiet space for them to retreat if you plan on entertaining trick-or-treaters or party guests.

ID Check
Take care that your pets don’t try to make a break for the door while you’re greeting trick-or-treaters. If that should happen proper identification can help ensure your dog or cat is quickly returned home. Make sure your dog is wearing a Dog Collar with up to date Dog I.D. Tags.

With a little bit of planning, preparation, and caution, you and your pet can have a fun and safe Halloween.