Five Ways to Keep Fido and Fifi Safe on Halloween

Halloween can be a lot of fun for us–but not so much for pets.  Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:

  • Remember, candy is NOT for pets.  For one, chocolate is highly toxic and can even be fatal to a pet.  Symptoms of chocolate poisoning range from gastrointestinal upsets to increased heart rate and blood pressure to seizures. While we’re on the subject of candy, also be mindful of those so-called “non-sugar” ones, because they contain the artificial sweetener Capitol–and that’s also harmful to them, resulting in among other things, a drop in blood sugar.
  • Keep your pets safe from tricks and hoaxes.  Look, a lot of us love to be frightened, but many don’t–and that includes your pets. Don’t keep them in a yard or any outdoor space on Halloween where they can be a target. Cats–and especially black ones–seem to be especially susceptible.
  • Keep pets away from opened doors.  During “trick or treat” time, door bells are constantly ringing with doors opening and closing.  Best to keep animals confined so they can’t sneak out (always dangerous, but especially so on Halloween, with pranksters. Alternatively, the animals could become so scared that they snap at innocent kids.  Keep them in a safe place, with maybe one of their favorite toys. Make sure someone goes to the area several times to talk to them in a calm, soothing voice.
  • Keep them away from open fires.  One Halloween, a friend of mine told me that her dog got too close to a candle. She had a tinged dog and crying, screaming kids. Luckily, the dog was relatively unscathed, but it could have been much, much worse.  The bottom-line:  Keep all candles, open fire and wires away from them.
  • ID tags and pet costumes.  You want to be sure there’s identification in case your pet does sneak out.  And be mindful of costumes; if your pet hates it, if it binds or constricts in any way, it may be better to skip it.


Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP, a certified nutrition and health coach, is a wellness pro for BOTH the 2-legged and 4-legged.

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