5 tips for a safe, pet-friendly Halloween

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Some pets love the energy of Halloween, while others will find this spooky holiday a bit stressful. We know that every pet is unique, but some tips can make Halloween safe for everyone.

To ensure that your furry friend has a safe and amusing Halloween, here are five spooky tips to help your dog steer clear of all tricks and only enjoy the treats!

1 – Keep all that Halloween candy out of reach.

Your pet tummy is not the same as yours. Therefore some delicious goodies can be poisonous to them. Here is a list of particularly toxic candies to pets: 

  • Chocolate
  • Raisins and chocolate-covered raisins
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Caramel apples
  • Candy corn
  • Macadamia nuts

If your suspect your pet has eaten anything toxic, call your vet or the SPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

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2 – Pick the Right Halloween Costume for Your Pet 

When choosing Halloween costumes for your furry best friend, it’s essential to avoid any outfit that will be stressful or uncomfortable for your pet. 

If you choose a costume for your pet, consider your pet’s personality, what type of costume they may tolerate, and how long.

Avoid loose and baggy fittings that can make your pet trip or too-tight costumes that will make it troublesome for your pet to move freely.

Be aware of loose pieces, zippers, or metal buttons that pets could eat. Remove any chewable parts or objects that could come off and choke your pet.

If your pet appears uncomfortable, take off the costume. 

3 – Keep your festive decor and pumpkins out of paw’s reach.

You wouldn’t want your pet to mistake your fun decorations for a new chew toy. Changes to your home can make your dog nervous or frightened. Or they may decide those fake spiders pose an existential threat and need to be gone.

Pumpkins are non-toxic to pets, so if your dog indulges in a nibble, there’s nothing to worry about. One of our best-selling products is pumpkin-based, but candles in jack-o-lanterns can easily be hit by an enthusiastically wagging tail, causing burns or a fire.

Opt for safer battery-lit candles for the same look without worry.

4 – Protect your pets against outdoor threats.

If your neighborhood is trick-or-treating this year, keep in mind that the door-to-door tradition is confusing—and potentially stressful—for pets.

Bring your pets indoors before night falls and create a safe, quiet room. Be sure to add some creature comforts to their secured space, such as their bed, water, food, pee pads, and favorite toys.


5 – Reduce the risk of your dog getting lost by having proper identification

Did you know that pets go missing on Halloween more than any other national holiday except the 4th of July? 

Keep them away from the door if you are staying at home and handing out candy, but keep an eye out for them. Even well-behaved dogs can get scared and run away from the front door or find another breach around the house. Proper identification is a must for these cases.

If you plan to take your dog trick or treating with you, be sure your dog is wearing a lighted collar, a lighted tag, and/or a lighted leash. It’s all too easy for dogs to get away in the dark of night.

Bonus tip:

At Pampered Pets USA, we know you consider your pet to be part of the family and want nothing but the best for them. We are here to provide you with accurate and updated information that will help you give your furry friend a healthy and happy life.

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