From your pet’s point of view, Halloween probably seems like a bizarre day. Their humans dress strangely and sometimes put stuff on their faces to make them look different. There are a lot of shiny little treats that they’re not allowed to have. Tiny humans are constantly showing up at the door, and they’re given the forbidden treats! Your furry friends may not understand that this spooky holiday poses various dangers to them.

With Halloween fast approaching, what horrors should you watch out for? Here are five holiday hazards that can harm your pet this October.

#1: Stranger danger

A group of strange people is scary enough for a pet, but a horde of monsters is enough to make your furry friend howl in terror. If you’re having a Halloween party or anticipate a load of trick-or-treaters, create a sanctuary for your pet that anyone who isn’t naturally furred cannot access. Pack the place with toys, treats, and a cozy bed for a relaxing hideaway.

#2: Dangerous decorations

Rotting jack-o’-lanterns, broken glow sticks, and synthetic spiderwebs all pose a threat to your four-legged friend. Ensure your decorations are out of paws’ reach, as inquisitive noses may sniff out interesting decorations and nibble something that could be harmful.

#3: Candy consumption

We all know the hazards of chocolate for dogs, but what about the hidden dangers of xylitol? A common sugar substitute, xylitol is popping up in baked goods, gum, and candies. This sweetener can cause a dangerous drop in blood glucose, liver failure, and seizures, and can also kill a dog. Let your pet enjoy the fun of treats by creating her own goody bag to rummage through instead of your child’s, or your own.

#4: Costume claustrophobia

While your pet may be as cute as a button all dolled up, that button can be a choking hazard or intestinal obstruction. Stick with a simple bandana tied loosely around your pet’s neck instead of a flashy costume with straps, ties, or buttons.

#5: Eager escapee

With all the hubbub surrounding trick-or-treaters, your pet may take advantage of your distraction and dart out between costumed legs through the open front door. Close off access to the door, or let your pet relax in her crate for the evening with a special treat.

Halloween doesn’t have to be a nightmare for your pet. Contact us about our anti-anxiety options for your furry friend.