Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be one of the most dangerous times for animals because they often get too excited or spooked from all the noise and visitors that come to your door. I know for our Izzie she gets super excited whenever our doorbell rings and with her small bladder Halloween is both a fun for our household, but we also worry for her sake because we know she gets anxiety/excited with lots of noise. Here are four points to consider for your pet’s safety this October from Iams.


  • Of all candy, chocolate is one of the most toxic for pets – which also happens to be very popular around Halloween. Keep your pets away from the candy bowl and trick-or-treat bags off the floor to avoid choking hazards. It’s also important to inform your children of how dangerous tasty Jolly Ranchers and Kit-Kat bars can be to their furry friends. If you have this chat in advance, kids might be more cautious and won’t be tempted to share their treats.
  • If you choose to dress your dog or cat up this year, make sure costumes aren’t too tight. A sailor hat may look cute on your cat’s head but the string attached may be irritating its neck. Just like people, pets need to be able to breathe comfortably and move safely without tripping or being unable to see and hear.
  • With the door opening and closing all night, animals might take this as an opportunity to run away. Make sure to keep pets in a safe and enclosed area – even turn on a radio or TV to help suppress knocks at the door and outside sounds. If you plan to let your dog or cat in on the excitement, don’t forget they might be frightened by people in costumes. To keep them calm, say things such as “it’s OK” or “don’t be scared” in a soft and sympathetic voice.
  • Candles and jack-o-lanterns should be kept at a safe distance or up on table tops. The flames or hot wax can cause burns on your pets and even a fire if knocked over. As an alternative, use flashlights and LEDs to safely spook-up your house. If your jack-o-lantern or other decorations has a power cord, make sure your pet can’t chew them.

These simple precautions can make for an enjoyable Halloween for the entire family. For more pet safety tips for your cat and dog all year round, visit the SPCA, OSPCA, Iams or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iams.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received coupons for pet food for the purpose of sharing these tips. No other compensation was received.


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