Halloween is coming up! Most of us know this day as a time to get dressed up in costumes, eat a bunch of candy (it’s fine if they’re miniature-sized, right?), and creatively carve pumpkins for neighbors to ooh and ahh at. For our furry companions, however, this day can be filled with spooks and ghoulish frights. Watch out for these five Halloween horrors.

#1: 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.

#2: 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.

#3: 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.

#4: 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.

#5: 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.

Halloween can be more treat than trick for your furry companion when simple precautions are taken. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your pet safe and happy this Halloween, contact us.