Scary Halloween Pet Hazards to Avoid

Chihuahua Wearing Clown CostumeHalloween is one of the most enjoyable holidays for pet owners. Just imagine all the adorable ghoul and goblin costumes, and think about how fun the crisp fall evenings are with your best fur friend in tow!

However, it’s important to remain aware of the Halloween pet hazards lurking in the shadows. To ensure a paw-friendly Halloween this year, we invite you to learn more about these potential dangers and how to avoid an unwanted scare this October.


10 Halloween Pet Hazards

  1. Chocolate – This creamy treat is one of the most common causes of pet poisoning. The toxic ingredients in chocolate are known as methylxanthines and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, and seizures.
  2. Candy – Most sugary candies can make your pet quite sick, and sugar-free options often contain a highly toxic substance known as Xylitol. This chemical can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, and even liver failure.
  3. Alcohol – Although it may seem like an unlikely suspect, pets sometimes do imbibe when a beverage is left unattended. Alcohol can cause a range of symptoms, including increased heart rate, vomiting/retching, low blood pressure, and collapse.
  4. Lit candles – Although festive, lit candles can lead to singed whiskers and tails, as well as pose a serious burn risk to curious pets. Instead, opt for battery powered candles and illuminations.
  5. Glow sticks – Glow sticks and jewelry are popular among trick-or-treaters, but they contain a dangerous chemical that can poison dogs and cats.
  6. Decorations – While there are many spooktacular Halloween décor ideas, keep in mind the chewing proclivities of your pet and pick wisely. Avoid loose potpourri, stringed items, and decorations that have small, ingestible pieces.
  7. Noise anxiety – Whether it’s the screams of “trick-or-treat” or a rowdy, music-filled party, many pets have noise anxiety which can be exacerbated this time of year. If your pet is sensitive to noise or strangers, consider keeping him or her in a quiet, comfy area until the festivities are over.
  8. Escape – With all the commotion at the front door, many pets will seize the opportunity to make a mad dash outside. Be mindful of your pet’s whereabouts during the night, and consider keeping your fur friend in an area well away from doors or gates.
  9. Costumes – While Spot looks great in that sushi roll costume, is he really enjoying the attention or suffering from the uncomfortable get-up? When choosing a costume for your pet, make sure it fits properly, doesn’t cover the face, and is free from any buttons or small items that can be ingested.
  10. People – Unfortunately, Halloween is the time for pranks, which can sometimes target animals. Keep all pets inside during the week leading up to Halloween, the day of, and a few days after to avoid this cruelty.

For those of you feeling extra festive, consider throwing a pre-Halloween pet celebration with your pet’s favorite fur pals. Don’t forget to offer some delicious and safe DIY pet treats that are well-suited for furry ghosts, goblins, and witches.

From all of us at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we wish you and your pet a Happy Halloween!