Collie in Halloween Costume

5 Halloween Safety Tips

We’re sure your poodle dressed up like a little devil or your dachshund running around in a hotdog costume has to be the cutest thing ever, but when your fur babies turn to the treats it’s another story. Help keep your pets safe this Halloween with these tips from David York, owner of Barking Hound Village.

  1. Keep Halloween décor such as pumpkins and corn out of reach. Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can cause upset tummies should your pets ingest them in large quantities.
  2. Prevent accidental ingestion of Halloween candy by keeping pet-safe treats on hand to satisfy your curious pet and consider leaving your pet in another part of the house while trick-or-treaters come to the door in case you drop any candy.
  3. Watch your children while they are eating their Halloween candy. Children may make the harmful mistake of sharing with their four-legged friends.
  4. Make sure you keep all candy away from Fido, but especially dark chocolate. This sweet is one of the most common causes of dog poisoning and can lead to serious illness and even death in dogs.
  5. If you suspect your pet has eaten something that’s harmful, call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately. 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline: 888-426-4435.