Tips and Treats: A Halloween Safety Guide for Your Pet Your pet might love being included in your Halloween festivities, but remember that some holiday items may be dangerous for dogs and cats. Check out our tips for treating your pet to a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation Holiday FoodHalloween, like other holidays, is known for tasty treats and goodies. While it’s tempting to give your pet a taste, avoid the following foods:Raw pumpkin - difficult to digest and may cause stomach upset when fed in large quantitiesFatty foods like cookies, cakes, and other dessertsSpicy foods like BBQ rubs and chiliSalty foods like chips and pretzelsCandySharing candy is a Halloween tradition. Unfortunately, this is one tradition that we shouldn’t share with our pets. Most candy is high in sugar and other ingredients that can cause stomach upset or worse. Definitely keep these sweet treats away from your pet:ChocolateCandy wrappersSweets or chewing gum containing the sugar substitute, XylitolGrapes and raisinsNutsInstead, find a pet-safe alternative at your local pet supply store. Better yet, check out this recipe for homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats!Halloween DecorationsDecorating for Halloween can be a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, some pets enjoy our decorations a little too much, so be sure to keep these items out of reach:CandlesGlow sticksFake spider websEdible decorationsCorn cobsBalloonsTrick-or-TreatersCostumed visitors and loud noises can be scary for your pet. Be sure that your dog or cat has a safe, quiet place to hide if you’ll be welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween. Keeping your pet in a secure kennel or bedroom will also ensure that they can’t sneak out the door as you’re passing out treats.If you’re heading out to trick-or-treat, leave your pet behind if you’re worried about their reaction to strange costumes and busy sidewalks. You can always share a special (pet-safe) treat when you get back home.Cute Pet CostumesNot all cats and dogs appreciate being dressed up, even if it is Halloween. Don’t force your pet to wear a costume if it causes extra stress. If you’re planning to dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume is made from flame-resistant, non-toxic, comfortable material.Read more:Noise Anxiety in Cats and DogsTips for Helping Your Dog with Separation AnxietyLook Out for These 7 Autumn Pet HazardsNeed to speak with a veterinarian regarding Halloween and your pet or another condition?Click here to schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets. You can also download the FirstVet app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores.