Top 5 Halloween Horrors Pet Owners Should Avoid

Adorable lion, taco, or shark costume-clad pets run rampant on Halloween—and sometimes
throughout the rest of the year—encouraging pet lovers to fawn over their cute outfits. But,
don’t be tempted to give in to those cute, whiskered faces begging for treats, especially if all
you have is chocolate.

With Halloween fast approaching, what other Halloween horrors should
you watch out for? Here are five holiday hazards that can harm your pet this October.

#1: Candy consumption
We all know the hazards of chocolate for dogs, but what about the hidden dangers of xylitol? A
common sugar substitute, xylitol is popping up in baked goods, gum, and candies. This
sweetener can cause a dangerous drop in blood glucose, liver failure, and seizures, and can also
kill a dog. Let your pet enjoy the fun of treats by creating her own goody bag to rummage
through instead of your child’s, or your own.

#2: Costume claustrophobia
While your pet may be as cute as a button all dolled up, that button can be a choking hazard or
intestinal obstruction. Stick with a simple bandana tied loosely around your pet’s neck instead
of a flashy costume with straps, ties, or buttons.

#3: Eager escapee
With all the hubbub surrounding trick-or-treaters, your pet may take advantage of your
distraction and dart out between costumed legs through the open front door. Close off access
to the door, or let your pet relax in her crate for the evening with a special treat.

#4: Stranger danger
A group of strange people is scary enough for a pet, but a horde of monsters is enough to make
your furry friend howl in terror. If you’re having a Halloween party or anticipate a load of trick-
or-treaters, create a sanctuary for your pet that anyone who isn’t naturally furred cannot
access. Pack the place with toys, treats, and a cozy bed for a relaxing hideaway.

#5: Dangerous decorations
Rotting jack-o’-lanterns, broken glow sticks, and synthetic spiderwebs all pose a threat to your
four-legged friend. Ensure your decorations are out of paws’ reach, as inquisitive noses may
sniff out interesting decorations and nibble something that could be harmful.

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for your pet. Contact us about our anti-anxiety options
for your furry friend.