5 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe this Halloween

October is an exciting month. The trees are changing colors, the weather is nice and cool, and if you’re Canadian, you get to celebrate Thanksgiving. (November for my American friends) But aside from that, October 31’st – one of my favorite holidays – HaLlOwEeN!

Halloween Tips to Keep Your Pet Dogs Safe and Happy

I admit, I love Halloween. I love picking out costumes for my kids and my pets. I love taking them out walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors. I love the whole experience. BUT… for us pet owners, there is much more than just children to worry about on Halloween.

There are some dangers that come with October 31’st when it comes to the safety of our pets, so today, I am going to share 5 tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

1. Candy/Chocolate

I can’t stress this enough. Every year there are so many warnings saying how dangerous chocolate is for pets. Yet still every year dogs and cats are getting rushed to the vet because they found the stash of Halloween candy. Lets face it, it can happen to any of us. You know that whole better safe than sorry line? Don’t underestimate your pet, and the length they may go to in order to find that candy bag. Just be on the safe side and keep it put high up where you KNOW there is no chance of an accidental candy bag burglary.

2. Halloween Means Lots of Kids Knocking on Doors All Night Long

It is best to keep your pets away from the door when you answer it. Some costumes might trigger a fear in your dog that you didn’t even know they had. And it is quite easy for a cat to slip out while you are admiring the kiddies costumes. So best to keep your pets put in a different room for a few hours during Halloween night.

3. It Is Always Recommended to Leave Your Dogs at Home if You Have Kids of Your Own That You Will Be Accompanying on Halloween Night

I know it is tempting to put a little costume on your pooch and bring them door to door with you, but it really isn’t the best idea. There are lots of scary things to a dog on Halloween. Not just the costumes, but those witches, skeletons and goblins people use to decorate. Especially the ones that make noise.

4. If You Use Candles in Your Jack-O-Lanterns, Make Sure Your Pet Cannot Get to Them.

You could be risking a burn, or some singed fur.

5. Finally, Do Not Leave Your Dog Out in the Yard During Halloween

People are cruel… and can do some pretty scary things during Halloween, so it is best to not leave your dog unattended.

Halloween Tips to Keep Your Pet Dogs Safe and HappyHalloween for pets isn’t all bad though. If you are out shopping for a costume for your pet, do your best to find something lightweight. Something your pet isn’t going to mind too much. Don’t keep their costume on for too long, and just keep their comfort at the top of your list. And while your pet won’t be able to join your kids (and you) while muching out on Halloween goodies – there are some yummy Halloween treats you can find at your local pet store to include your pets in the fun.

What are your thoughts on Halloween?

Do you dress your pets up?

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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34 Responses to 5 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe this Halloween

  1. Rachel says:

    Halloween is such a fun time, but there are definitely things that pet owners need to be aware of and these are excellent tips!

  2. Great safety advice and I love the costumed cat and dog – too cute for words.

  3. Kim says:

    Some really great tips here.
    Thanks so much.

  4. Anytime during the holidays is worth extra attention is paid towards our pets. great post on what to look out for.

  5. Great tips! Sometimes with all the excitement, hustle and bustle people forget how it’s affecting their pets. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. We are always extra careful with Ruby around Halloween. Always keep her on a leash away from the door when trick or treaters are coming to the door.

  7. Jana Rade says:

    One advantage of living in the woods is that we don’t have to acknowledge Halloween at all.

  8. Ruth Epstein says:

    We can never hear enough about this as our pets safety is so important

  9. Robin says:

    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays too! I don’t dress my cats up, but they are pretty awesome looking just the way they are. Since trick-or-treating isn’t allowed in my apartment complex, we just have some special treats together and cuddly while watching spooky movies for Halloween. :)

  10. Great tips. We have to be careful with all the Halloween snacks and treats as Kilo is like the artful dodger. He has to be crated in the basement or on my lap on a leash on the night of Halloween as he HATES strangers or the postman coming to the door and would attack/defend or bolt. My kids are big now but I would never take him out as he would be terrified. He likes running naked best but he has a lot of costumes that are light and comfy that he tries for photos and 5 minutes at the Pugoween Rescue fundraisers. This year he tried Mountie but we’ve settled on Darth Vader.

  11. Joely Smith says:

    I could not agree with all of your tips. For us #2 is key – our Lyla has stress issues to begin with and the kiddos do scare her. We have to make sure she is extra comfortable on Halloween and keep her away from the door. We try to be at the door as the kids approach rather than have the door bell constantly ringing.

  12. Mom Paula is a Halloween Scrooge! She turns off the outside lights and goes to the back of the house with us.

  13. Great tips. Are people really still using candles in pumpkins? That’s so scary.

  14. Great tips! Halloween can be a scary time for pets!

  15. FiveSibesMom says:

    It’s great to share tips for Halloween pet safety – we can’t say it enough here that although it’s a fun time for adults and kids, it’s not always fun or safe for pets. We do love Halloween here…and while I don’t dress up the FiveSibes in full costumes, we do have fun with hats and props and themes! Oh yes, and treats, of course! Have a great (and safe) Halloween!

  16. Kandace says:

    Always so important that people know the hazards around them. Such a great post that others shouldnt take lightly come the holiday season!

  17. Mr. N dresses up. We don’t really get Halloween visitors and we make sure the candy stays up high (although I don’t know if he’d want to eat it anyway… maybe if it had bacon!).

  18. Katie says:

    Great tips! Echo is going to be Batman this year :)

  19. Cathy Armato says:

    I LOVE Halloween & especially dressing my dogs up in costumes! Great tips for pet Halloween safety. I’ll add one more: I am loving all the new pet costumes that have glow in the dark elements on them for safety. Such a great idea.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  20. Kama says:

    Great tips! We don’t tend to get trick or treaters in my neighborhood, but I still practice wearing silly masks and ringing my own doorbell to get my dogs ready (just in case).

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