Halloween Pet Hazards

Halloween Pet Hazards

It will be a lot of fun to include your pet in the Halloween festivities later this month—just make sure things don’t take a frightening turn! Here, your Park County, CO veterinarian tells you about some of the most common Halloween pet hazards and how to keep your animal companion safe.


Chocolate is, of course, quite common during Halloween season. All types—milk, dark, semi-sweet, powdered, white, even baking chocolate—are harmful to pets because they contain theobromine and caffeine, two chemicals that can cause toxic reactions. Avoid dangerous symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse by restricting your pet’s access to any and all chocolates.


Don’t let Fido or Fluffy anywhere near the holiday treat bowl. Candies, gums, and certain baked goods are often sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar that is fine for humans but very dangerous for our four-legged friends. Store candies in a closed cabinet or container, and keep a close eye on the trick-or-treat goodies when the big night comes.


Common Halloween or autumn decorations like pumpkins, gourds, and fall corn aren’t necessarily toxic to our animal friends, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe to ingest. Too much of any foreign substance can cause a pet to experience an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea. Even more likely, chunks of these items could get lodged in your pet’s throat and cause a choking episode. Keep your furry friend far away!


There’s no question that your pet will look adorable dressed up in his or her very own Halloween costume. Remember, though: not all pets take kindly to wearing clothes. Make sure to do a test run before trick-or-treat night and Halloween to make sure your pet doesn’t become stressed out by their costume, and check the material itself for small items like buttons or plastic parts that could be chewed off, swallowed, or choked on.


Will the doorbell be ringing consistently when trick-or-treat night comes around? Keep in mind that this might stress out your pet greatly, especially if they get excited every time the bell rings. It may be safest to keep your pet secured in another room entirely—this will help to keep your pet calm and avoid any chance of an escape.

Would you like more tips for keeping your pet safe as Halloween rolls around? We’re here to help! Contact your Park County, CO animal hospital.

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