Halloween Pet Safety
Halloween Pet Safety

 Halloween can be a fun time to show off our pets, but there are steps to keep them safe too.

My daughter-in-law Ashley has great tips to share with you.



Halloween Pet Safety

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My daughter-in-law Ashley is back after popular demand!  She kindly made us a list of tips to help our pets be safe during the upcoming holiday. We all learn so much from her advice and here is her list:

  • Make sure your pet has a current identification on at all times.
  • There is a high risk that your pet can be frightened and confused, causing it to run off.Halloween Pet Safety 2
  • Give your pet a safe and quiet place to go if they need to.
  • Strangers in costumes and the constant ringing of the doorbell can be stressful to a pet.
  • Keep animals indoors as much as possible so they do not become targets of pranksters who may tease or seriously harm your pet.
  • Black cats tend to fall victim much too often during October.
  • Keep candy and decorations away from your pet.


  • Chocolate can be toxic to animals, as well as many sugar-free candies and gum. *Reportedly anything containing xylitol can be deadly to pets. Watch for this ingredient and check with your veterinarian.
  • If you suspect your pet has eaten xylitol, or any other harmful substance, call your veterinarian immediately.
  • Candy wrappers and party decorations can be hazardous if swallowed. Keep picked up and away from pets. Halloween Pet Safety 3 If you choose to dress your pet in a costume, there are a few guidelines to follow for their protection and safety:

1. Be sure the costume fits well. It should not restrict movement, visibility, breathing or ability to bark or meow.

2. If your pet seems uncomfortable, anxious, stressed, over-heated or acting in an unusual way, take the costume off. Not all animals enjoy the costumes or clothing.  Halloween Pet Safety 4 3. Carefully check the costume for any loose, dangling pieces or other items that could be chewed off or swallowed.

If you have any pet safety tips you’d like me to add, please email me and I would love to include them!

ENJOY the season and keep your pet safe!

Click HERE for Ashley’s Summer pet Safety tips and helps.  Thank you so much Ashley for such terrific advice for our pets at A Mother’s Shadow. Halloween Pet Safety 5

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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*Check with your veterinarian about these ideas and any other questions you may have; as this is not to take the place of a trained professional and are all simply opinions.