How to Celebrate a Pet-Friendly Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner!  Are you planning a Halloween party this year?  Be sure to celebrate a pet-friendly holiday by keeping these safety tips in mind.

Halloween Pet Safety:

  • Keep Halloween Candy Hidden – Many Halloween candies, including chocolate and xylitol (found in sugar-free gums and candies), are very toxic to pets.  Be sure to keep these out of reach and be careful to keep them away from your pets.
  • Make Sure Your Pet Has ID – Halloween is known for tricks and treats, but this can be frightening for pets.  Make sure that your pet has updated ID tags and if you can, microchip your pet.  In the unfortunate event your pet runs through the door while you’re distracted by trick-or-treaters, updated ID tags will help your furry friend safely return home.
  • Keep Jack-o-Lanterns Out of Reach – Lit candles inside of jack-o-lanterns might be eye catching to trick-or-treaters and pets alike, but if your pet knocks into them they can also be a fire hazard.  Use battery powered lights or make sure that your pumpkin is out of your pet’s reach.
  • Make Sure Pet Costumes are Comfortable – Many pets are uncomfortable wearing costumes.  If you do want your pet to wear a costume this Halloween, make sure that there are no pieces that can be easily chewed off.  If you notice that your pet is uncomfortable or it inhibits their sight, hearing or breathing, be sure to remove the costume.


Our experienced veterinarians and staff will help your pets stay happy and healthy this Halloween.  If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health, contact our office today!