4 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

pet halloween safety tips

Creative costumes, candy galore and the anticipation of a night out on the town.

Halloween is just around the corner.

Whether this is your first Halloween with your pet or your tenth, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to keeping Fido or Whiskers safe, healthy and happy on this most scary night.

Here are our top Halloween pet safety tips.

1. Be mindful of decorations

If you’re decorating your home, think twice about what you choose to put on display. Are your tiny pumpkins a choking hazard? Is that plastic spider web out of reach? Make sure your festive frills are up high where your pet can’t access them. A lot of the time decor can look like pet toys so be careful and take stock of what you decide to use.

2. Trick-or-treaters

The constant ring of the doorbell every five minutes and trick-or-treaters voices can be a cause of anxiety for your pet. If you decide to give out candy, be sure to create a safe room in your home that includes his or her favourite toys, soft music (to drown out the noise) and a comfy bed. Your nervous four-legged friend will thank you!

It’s also important to note that with the door opening and closing all night, it might not be safe for your animal if they are the type to dart out. Just another reason why it’s probably better to keep them in a quiet comfy room for the evening.

3. Be careful of candy

Not only is candy in abundance, it is also littered everywhere on Halloween and a few days after the fact.

Make sure your candy in the house is properly stored away. If you have kids, check that they aren’t hiding it in secret spots where your pet might find and eat it. Chocolate and other candies can be dangerous for cats and dogs.

When you’re walking Fido, be on the lookout for dropped candy! We find that one or two days after Halloween, there’s an increase in sweets and candy wrappers on the street.

4. Pet costumes

There’s no doubt your furry friend would look adorable in a costume this year. And how cute would the photos be?

Although pet costumes are relatively harmless, it’s important to think about safety before you dress up Fido or Whiskers into a furry pumpkin.

First, always take note about how your pet is reacting to wearing a costume. If it’s clear they don’t like it, there are so many other ways to get them into the spooky spirit (for example a festive orange and black collar or witch-print banana).

Nowadays there are also tons of fun photo filters you can use on your phone to snap Halloween themed shots of your fur baby.

If you do decide to dress up your pet, before you buy, inspect the outfit to make sure the attire would in no way obstruct Fido’s vision or cause any restriction in breathing. Also, do a head to toe check to see if there’s any part of the costume that may easily tear off and become a choking hazard.

Check out our top 10 Pet Halloween Costumes you can buy on Amazon Canada blog here.

There you have it! Our PetsGo tips for keeping your pets safe this Halloween.


Are there any other tips you’d like to add? Comment down below. We’d love to hear from you and have a Happy Halloween!

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