Halloween Pet Safety

By October 31, 2019 No Comments


While pets may like the taste of a sweet treat, to prevent illness and exposure to toxis substances, it’s best if pets don’t have access to candy. If you want to give your pet a treat, make sure it’s one made specifically for dogs or cats.

Do NOT feed your pet the following:

  • Chocolate
  • Excessive amounts of sugary treats
  • Food, treats, gum or candy containing the artificial sweetener, xylitol
  • Candy/food containing raisins and grapes
  • Candy wrappers

See a complete list of toxic foods and plants and their effects at the poison control center section of the ASPCA’s website.


It is cute to dress up our furry friends, however, consider the following before picking a costume:

  • Is the costume too restrictive? Can it cause your pet to choke or become injured?
  • Can your pet ingest the costume or decorations?
  • Are you using products not approved for use on pets? If you plan to use paint or nail polish, choose varieties that are pet-friendly. Otherwise, your pet may absorb toxic substances through the skin or inhale them, causing breathing problems.


Halloween decorations can be fun or scary. Unfortunately to some pets, they may also look like food. Here’s what to avoid:

  • Some Halloween plants and pumpkins can be harmful. Keep them out of reach.
  • Keep your pet away from candles. These could cause a burn risk or even a fire.
  • Protect your pet from decoration wires or electrical cords. Pets may chew them and experience shock.


During this time of year, some individuals set out to cause mischief and pets may be intentionally or unintentionally harmed in the process.

  • Cats, and especially black cats, can be subject to cruel pranks. We recommend that you keep your cat indoors a few days before and after Halloween.
  • Do not leave dogs outdoors and unattended.

Trick or Treaters & Party Guests

Extra household traffic offers challengers for pet owners. Be aware of the following:

  • Frequently opened doors present an opportunity for pets to escape.

Be sure your pet is:

  • Wearing identification (i.e. tag and/or a microchip)
  • Secured to a reflective leash so as to be easily seen in dim lighting
  • Kept secured in a separate room

The constant sound of the door bell ringing can cause anxiety

Friends and family should be careful around anxious pets. Animals may act out with behaviors that you aren’t accustomed to seeing when they feel threatened, afraid, or overwhelmed. Consider these warnings:

  • Is your pet growling or snapping?
  • Are their ears pressed back against their head?
  • Is their fur standing up along their back?

In the flurry of activity, party guests may feed your pet too much people food

This can cause an upset stomach and other health concerns. Also make sure that pets don’t get into food or candy when no one is looking. Provide treats made especially for dogs/cats for your guests to give your pet.

If you would like to print this list out, you can download a PDF copy here.