How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween


Last Updated on October 26, 2020

Halloween is nearly here, and this spooky season requires extra care, especially if you have dogs or other pets at home.
As a dog owner, you must know about all the holiday dangers for pets, and Halloween is also filled with hazards pet owners should be aware of. From dangerous food to a traumatic trick-or-treat experience, these are all things we’re trying to avoid this Halloween. 
So without any further ado, let’s check this list of pet safety tips for Halloween and other upcoming holidays.

7. Don’t let your dog outside on Halloween night

Unfortunately, we live in a world where crazy people wander the streets every single day. And it’s no surprise hearing stories about people who think it’s funny to harm, tease, steal, or even kill pets on Halloween night.  Some people take spooky to a whole different level, and as a dog owner, you should protect your dog from these people.  Even though you can never be sure about who plays a monster and who is actually one, keep your dog inside on Halloween night. 

6. Keep your dog away from the door or confined

The best part of Halloween is trick-or-treating. Whether you’re the person going from house to house or the one simply answering the door and giving out treats, it’s a super fun activity that many people do with their dogs.  However, for some breeds or anti-social dogs, this type of environment can be super exhausting and stressful.  All the ringing and knocking on the door and the people showing up with weird masks might upset your pet, leading to anxiety, escape attempts, or even aggression.  If you have an anxious dog, it’s best to keep them locked in a room with their favorite blanket and some food and water. 

5. Identify your dog

A lot of dogs go missing on Halloween due to escaping or running away because they feel stressed, scared, or anxious. This is why it’s important to follow the tips above to make sure your dog has a calm and happy Halloween.  Having your dog properly identified with an ID tag on his collar and an embedded microchip is super important at any time of the year, especially Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and other overwhelming holidays. This way, you’ll locate your dog quickly if anything happens.

4. Be careful about Halloween trick-or-treat candies

Halloween means candy, which are dangerous treats for your pet.  In case you didn’t know, candies should be kept away from dogs since some of them can be lethal to our little friends. This has to do with an ingredient present in many candies that goes by the name of xylitol. This artificial sweetener causes a quick blood sugar drop and possible seizures to your dog when consumed, making these types of candy poisonous to your dog.  Other dangerous foods include: -Chocolate: dark or baking chocolate is dangerous for dogs since it can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, and possible seizures. The toxic component, “theobromine” is not properly metabolized by dogs, leading to death when consumed in high quantities.  – Fatty chocolate and candies: these foods can cause pancreatitis. – Raisins: these and many nuts are toxic when ingested by dogs; they can be deadly.  Be also on the lookout for any strings, sticks, and candy wrappers that may be left on the floor at your house or on the streets after Halloween. When ingested, they can cause serious blockages only removable by surgery. 

3. Corn and Halloween pumpkins are not safe for dogs

Even though these foods are not categorized as toxic for dogs, they can cause some gastrointestinal problems when large quantities are ingested.  Intestinal blockage is also possible when large pieces are swallowed.  The best choice is to keep them out of reach or keeping an eye on your dog whenever he’s around these items. Many people tend to leave pumpkins on their front porch or yards, so whenever you walk your dog outside, make sure he’s on a leash, especially during the holiday season. 

2. Keep electrical objects away from pets

Electrical objects such as decoration items, lights, etc. can be harmful to your dog, causing all kinds of disasters, from cutting themselves with glass pieces to catching an electric shock or chewing on electric cords. You need to keep these objects out of reach or even avoid using them at all.  

1. Halloween pet costumes may cause stress

Even though a dog Halloween costume may sound like a fun cute idea for your pup, it’s often a traumatic experience for them.  To understand whether it is a good option or not, you should figure out whether your dog is ok with it or not. And for that, there’s no better test than to try it on a couple of days before Halloween and check how your dog feels.  The costume itself shouldn’t be too tight or restrict your dog’s movements, sight, or ability to bark, and of course, breathe.  Halloween is such an exciting time. The weather becomes slightly colder, the leaves fall to the ground and there’s this magical atmosphere that surrounds us and gives us the best type of chills.  So, to keep up the good vibes about Halloween, you must assure it is a good season for your dog as well. Dogs pick up on their owner’s energy, so as long as you’re happy and excited, your dog will be too.