Tips for Halloween Safety for your Pups

Pumpkin costume? Yes. Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? NO!
Pumpkin costume? Yes. Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? NO!

This is the time of year our Facebook and Twitter feeds are saturated with an array of amazing and amusing images of pups in costumes for Halloween. The pictures are awesome.


The holiday, however, is not – at least when it comes to pet safety. Halloween sits at the top of the list of most dangerous holidays for our furry family members (a close second to July 4th) with an array of serious dangers lurking around near every corner. If you want to keep your canine kid safe this Halloween, here are some tips to follow:

  • Cancel the costumes – Yes. You went to considerable effort and perhaps cost to create or purchase a costume for your dog. Hopefully you’ve already attended a dog-centric event at which your pup could parade and win prizes. Now it’s time to get your dog into the only costume that matters – its collar with well affixed tags and identification and keep them far away from the door when trick or treaters arrive. You never know what kids may be afraid of dogs and, just as importantly, which kids’ costumes might trigger a response in even the most mild tempered of pups.
  • Sequester the Sweets – Whether it’s excessive sugar, chocolate, nuts or some other ingredient (let’s not forget foil wrappers) you can pretty much assume that anything and everything found in kids’ Halloween candy bags ranges from problematic to fatal for dogs. Keep any candy you have to give out at your door off the floor in a closed container and away from pups’ prying noses. If you have kids who are bringing home bags of candy, make sure that candy is put away safely.
  • Guard the Gates – Normally it’s your pup’s job to alert at the door and help mind the home. Not on Halloween. This is a night to insure that your dog is safely secured in room inside the house, not in the yard. Mischief does get done on Halloween and whether your dog gets spooked and gets out of the yard, or dashes out the door, this is a holiday rife with opportunity for petrified pups to get away. Much as you’d do on July 4th or New Year’s Eve, put your pup into an interior room of the house, if no interior room with no windows is available, at least make sure blinds are drawn and windows closed and some music playing to keep them calm.

Make sure the holiday is an enjoyable one for everyone … and if you missed a chance to parade your pup in a costume – there’s always next year.