Halloween Pet Safety Tips!

Boo! Nothing is spookier than the thought of something being potentially harmful to your pet, especially during a time of festivities. To avoid an unwanted visit to the veterinarian's office on Halloween, please read these precautionary tips on how to have a fun and pet-friendly Halloween.


While candy is a delicious treat for us, it can pose a threat to your pets if ingested. If you notice missing candy or your pet begins to show symptoms of chocolate or xylitol poisoning, contact a 24-hour veterinary clinic or the Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) immediately. Candies that are especially harmful to pets include; chocolate, hard candies, gum/ sugar-free gum, and even candy wrappers as they pose a potential choking hazard and could get stuck in your pet's intestinal tract.

Xylitol Poisoning

Xylitol is an ingredient that can oftentimes be found in gum and candy. It is extremely toxic to dogs and cats and if eaten, could potentially be life-threatening to your pets. 

Symptoms of Xylitol Poisoning 
  • Vomiting
  •  Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Lack of coordination and/or difficulty walking/standing

Chocolate Poisoning

The best way to avoid having your pet get into any chocolate this spooky season, is to keep it in a safe place that is out of your pet's reach and to never leave your pet unattended with chocolate. 

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Increased urination
  • Tremors
  • Elevated or abnormal heart rate
  • Seizures

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 Halloween Costumes 

Who doesn't love dressing their pet up for Halloween? It is fun and safe for the most part! Some things to avoid when picking out the perfect costume for your pet include costumes with beads, snaps, buttons, ribbons, elastic, or any type of fabric that could be a choking hazard if accidentally ingested. Other potential pet costume hazards to be aware of are costumes that could cause overheating, obstructed vision, or difficulty breathing.

Halloween Decor 

Halloween decor is seen everywhere and if placed responsibility, is generally safe for pets to be around! Avoid letting decor cords dangle or leaving candles/ fog machines unattended around your pets. Anything that could cause a potential choking hazard should be placed out of reach to ensure your pets safety. Halloween decor that makes noise could potentially startle pets so if you have a skittish pet, these types of decorations may not be your pet's favorite.