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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Sep 30, 2015 02:32PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
By Katie Kurylo, Communications Coordinator, Animal Friends

Between ringing doorbells, scary disguises and easy access to candy, Halloween can be a scary and dangerous time for pets. Animal Friends offers tips to keep pets safe and healthy during the Halloween season:

  • During neighborhood trick-or-treat hours, safely confine your companion animal in a room of your house away from the front door. The constant opening of the door provides easy opportunities for quick escapes outside. Be sure that your pet’s identification tags and microchips are up-to-date just in case she ever does escape and become lost.
  • Don’t bring your dogs trick-or-treating! The costumes, noise, music, yelling kids, lights and decorations can be frightening and stressful for many dogs.
  • Keep all candy and wrappers out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate and sweeteners like xylitol are poisonous to pets. Some pets like to tear open crinkly wrappers and may ingest foil or paper as a result. If your companion animal does eat a significant amount of candy, call your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
  • Understand that costumes can be quite scary to your pet. Pets are often suspicious of new things. Never tease or try to scare a pet while you’re in costume, because even a friendly pet may feel threatened and feel compelled to scratch or bite.
  • Be wary of outfitting your home or yard with decorations that can cause a hazard to your pets, such as cobwebs, glow sticks and plastic decorations (which can look like toys but are a choking hazard). Also, be sure to cover and hide all electrical cords.
  • Keep Jack-o’-lanterns and other flammable décor safely out of your pet’s reach.

With a little care and planning, your pet’s Halloween can be safe and fun. For pet-safe Halloween activities, you can visit Animal Friends this October! Check out our events calendar at for listings of all of our howl-o-ween events!