Pet safety tips for Halloween (Wonderween!)

How to make this holiday safe and fun for everyone

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A dog dressed up as a witch carries an orange pumpkin trick or treat container while a cat walks alongside in the fall leaves

Halloween is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. Between the candy, costumes, and pumpkin flavored treats, what’s not to love? There’s so much for us to enjoy about this holiday with all of its intricate detailed decorations and desserts. However, it’s important to remember that we have a full understanding of what this spooky day has in store for us, while our pets do not.

Be sure to take careful precautions to ensure that your furry friends have a safe and healthy holiday! To that end, we’ve compiled a list of smart pet safety tips to take with you as you enjoy all that Halloween has to offer.

  1. Hide the candy: Chocolate is to dogs as poison is to people. Sometimes we can get swept away in the Halloween fun and forget to pick up the bag of candy we left on the floor while we were excitedly digging through to find all of the peanut butter cups. Be sure to keep an eye on your pup so none of your candy goes missing.
  2. Celebrate with pet friendly decorations: If you’re someone who likes to go all out with fake cobwebs and inflatable vampires, you’re not alone. But some decorations can be a choking hazard for your pup or could cause them distress. Know your pet. If they’re going to chew on the pumpkin you spent an hour carving, don’t leave it or other decorations on a low surface. If they’re sensitive to loud noises, remove the thunder machine you installed in your doorbell for the trick-or-treaters.
  3. Use pet-friendly costumes: There’s nothing cuter than a dog dressed as literally anything. It’s fun to go ham with our pup’s costume, which means it’s easy to forget that they might not be as into the idea as you are. Take the cute photo for Instagram, enter our Wonderween contest, then be sure to remove any face coverings, tight clothing, or any material that might irritate or become a safety hazard for the little guy.
  4. Be aware of trick-or-treaters: Sensitive dogs who turn into your guard dog might be a little too good at their job on this spooky night. If constant costume-clad children running back and forth to your door might cause problems for your pup, have a plan to keep them away from the front door.
  5. Check the ID tag: Make sure your pup has an updated ID tag on them in case they get loose. Be sure to make the tag accessible under any costume they may be wearing in the event that a stranger needs to read it.
  6. Hide small toys: For those with both pups and small children in the house, it’s important to separate the child’s toys from the fur babies. So, when your kids come home from the school store with small plastic skeletons, be careful not to leave them on the floor for someone with sharper teeth and less self awareness to chew and choke on.

We hope this list has been helpful and will contribute to you and your family having the safest, spookiest Halloween yet. This festive time of year shouldn’t be ruined with an emergency trip to the vet, so make sure you take pet safety seriously. Be attentive and aware, and your pet will have a healthy Halloween!