10 Halloween Pet Safety Tips You Should Know

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Halloween is great fun for humans, but the ruckus may cause pets at Halloween to become anxious and act out. Luckily, you can prevent holiday havoc with this list of 10 Halloween safety tips for pets.

1. Keep Halloween Treats Away From Hungry Paws

Keep treats out of reach so you don’t have to call your veterinarian or poison control center late at night.  Many pet parents already know that Chocolate (including baking chocolate) is toxic to pets. 

But any excess sugar is also dangerous. And. the sugar substitute xylitol in sugar-free candies is toxic to cats and dogs.

Other toxic ingredients include raisins, coffee, and macadamia nuts.

2. Avoid Uncomfortable Pet Outfits

If you want to dress up your pets on Halloween, make sure their costumes won’t cause them stress or upset them. Outfits shouldn’t be too loose or too tight or weigh your pet down. 

Get your dog or cat used to their costume ahead of time. Since most animals don’t wear clothes regularly, suddenly dressing them up one day could be shocking and stressful. 

3. Be Aware of Halloween Costume Anxiety

If you’re hosting a party, get your pet used to your costume – especially if you're wearing a mask or something that more than partially covers your body – in the weeks or days before the event.

If you’re using face paint, skip the goodbyes for the night and slip away without them seeing you. Or, put them away in a room while the party is happening.

4. Alleviate Your Pet’s Fear of Trick-or-Treaters

Keeping pets safely away from the front door can reduce their stress – and the chance of an escape.

On Halloween night, trick-or-treaters can get excited and loud. It's fun for humans, but the commotion can be distressing for animals and put them on high alert.

5. Keep Pets Indoors 

Bring your outdoor cats inside for a few days around the holiday, so they don’t get scared away or lost. The same goes for dogs that stay outside a lot.

Halloween pet safety is essential for black cats, as they can be a target for abuse due to superstition.

If your furry friend goes missing, please call your local animal shelters with a picture and description of your pet. Attaching ID tags to their collar and having them microchipped increases the chances of a lost pet coming home.

6. Ensure Halloween Decorations Are Out of Reach

Dogs and cats like to chew on anything dangling, so think about Halloween pet safety before you decorate. 

Many decorations contain chemicals that aren't friendly to your pet’s digestion. And, streamers, garland, and fake spider webs can wreak havoc on their intestines. 

Other objects to be wary of are lit candles, candy wrappers, and glow sticks. 

7. Celebrate Safely at Pet-Friendly Events

If your pet enjoys dressing up and socializing, check local rescue groups or pet businesses for pet-friendly events. 

Or, consider hosting a pet-friendly party and encourage friends to show up in their best couples costumes. And, keep the pet-safe treats ready!

8. Jack-o’-Lanterns are Friends, not Food

While cooked pumpkin is healthy to feed to your pet, raw or spoiled pumpkins are not. If you carve a jack-o-lantern, do not feed the raw insides to your pet. They can be toxic to dogs and cats.

9. Take Extra Measures for Anxious Pets

Keep anxious pets in a separate room with the door closed when you’re opening and closing the front door all night. You can even try putting the television or radio on to distract them. 

If your pet has the potential to escape, consider leashing them just for the night.

10. Consider a Lowkey Evening or Vacation

You can always lay low from the ringing doorbell and costumed kids by turning off the porch light and snuggling in for the evening. Or, plan a road trip and check out some pet-friendly hotels.