Halloween Care Tips

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many pet owners. While it's fun to include your pet in the festivities, it's important to keep these Halloween safety tips for dogs in mind. It may not seem like it, but holidays can be a very dangerous time for pets

Black lab dress as Darth Vader

  • Ensure that your dog has proper identification including your name, address, and contact number just in case your dog slips out a door. 

  • Don’t leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: there are too many risks for their safety. 

  • Halloween candies are not for pets: chocolate is poisonous to many animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

  • Be careful of pets around candle-lit pumpkins: animal could knock into them and cause a fire, or run the risk of getting burned.

  • Don’t dress your animal in costume unless you somehow know they love it. Costumes can put a lot of stress on animals.

  • If you do dress up your animal, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe.

  • Be careful not to obstruct their vision; even the sweetest animals can get anxious when they can’t see what’s going on around them.

  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.

  • Be careful your animal doesn’t dart out through an open door.