Halloween is almost here, a holiday beloved by kids and adults. Pets, however, are not always big fans. Make sure you keep your dogs and cats safe this Halloween season.


Keep the treats away

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs.


Don’t leave pets outside

Halloween pranksters have been known to harm pets left outside, so keep your dogs and cats indoors if possible.


Keep pets away from the door

With the doorbell ringing all night along, keep your pet as far from the door as possible, to minimize chances of barking, jumping on small children, or escaping.


Stay away from the pumpkins

Keep pumpkins, corn cobs, and other Halloween plants out-of-reach for pets. Though they’re not allergic, eating large quantities can make them ill.


Rethink the costume

Don’t dress your furry friend in a costume unless you know they like it. Don’t force the costume on them, they might hurt you or others. If you do put them in a costume, it should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.