Halloween Hazards for Pets

Halloween is just around the corner! While the autumn holiday is one of the most popular holidays of the year, it can be dangerous for our furry friends. Read on as a Greenwood, IN vet lists some Halloween hazards for pets.


Halloween can bring a rapid increase in traffic in many areas. When walking your dog, keep Fido on a tight leash. When walking along the side of the road, keep your pooch to the outside: he has a shorter profile, and is harder to see. We also recommend keeping dogs indoors as much as possible on and around Halloween.

Open Doors

If you get a lot of trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood, consider putting Fido and Fluffy in a quiet back room with bedding, toys, food, and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox, on Halloween. It’s very easy for pets to dash out an open door, and with a steady flow of candy-seekers, it’s best not to take chances.


Candy is another serious hazard. Not only do wrappers and hard candies pose a choking hazard, but many sweets are made with ingredients that are toxic to pets. For instance, chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; and xylitol are all poisonous to dogs and cats.


Many dogs and cats love to chew and play with small, shiny objects. Certain decorations, such as plastic pieces, cardboard, small or sharp objects, and items with dangling wires or cords can be very dangerous to frisky pets. Keep these things well out of paws’ reach!

Other Concerns

As you likely know, black cats have long been associated with Halloween. Unfortunately, this can be a very dangerous time of year for Fluffy. We recommend keeping all kitties—especially black ones—indoors around the autumn holiday. Better safe than sorry!


Fido has certainly worn some super cute outfits in the past: he’s been a hot dog, a dinosaur, a spider, and a taco, to name a few. If you want to dress your pooch up, be sure to take his opinion into consideration. Don’t force your canine pal to wear clothes if they make him uncomfortable. Also, avoid anything that is too hot, tight, itchy, or constricting, as well as anything with small parts or dangling threads. You don’t want your furry buddy eating his costume!

Please contact us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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