Scary cat or scaredy cat? Hellhound or unhappy hound? How can we keep our pets happy and safe at Halloween? 

Halloween may not be quite the same this year, but there will likely still be a spooky feel in the air. 

If they do come round, trick or treaters at the door can unsettle a nervous dog – or cat – so it helps to make sure they have a ‘safe place’ where they feel secure. 

  • A bed or crate that can be covered on top and three sides, in a quiet place works well for dogs (this is good advice for fireworks season as well – see our other blog posts for more tips. 
  • It’s a good idea to keep cats indoors after dark too, in case there are any early fireworks going off. A startled cat could run away out of their normal territory and get lost, or even run into a busy road if a firework goes off nearby.  
  • And you may need to check that visitors have closed garden gates when they leave. 

We all enjoy a treat and a game at Halloween but some things can be harmful to our pets if they eat or play with them. 

  • Chocolate should be kept for humans only as it’s poisonous to dogs and cats. 
  • Some sweets contain a sweetener called xylitol which is also toxic. 
  • Dogs that eat wrappers and packaging to get to the tempting food inside, could develop a serious blockage internally. 
  • Any food made with raisins, grapes or sultanas can cause fatal kidney failure in dogs.  
  • Even the humble toffee apple can be a problem if the stick is eaten, while the toffee apple itself could be a choking hazard. 
  • Candles can be made with essential oils, waxes and paraffins that can all cause harm to your pet if they chew or swallow them. 
  • Glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark jewellery or toys (yes, some dogs do chew them!) contain a bitter substance that can irritate your dog’s eyes and skin and make them drool and gag – not much fun for the dog so it’s best to make sure they can’t play with them. 
  • If your pooch likes to dress up as a pumpkin, or maybe a little devil at Halloween, remember costumes can be a fire hazard so always keep well away from naked flames. 

We hope you find our tips ‘Haloweelly’ helpful, enjoy a safe Halloween!   

Written by Gill Holloway RVN