ARC Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

The scariest, spookiest time of the year is upon us.  This is the time when all the ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other monsters will be out in full force visiting our homes.  The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center recommends that dog and cat owners take precautions to keep their pets safe this Halloween.     

  • Candy is a favorite treat and is intended for our human Trick-or-Treater’s and not for our pets.  Chocolate,      especially dark chocolate, is dangerous for dogs and cats.  Additionally, candy containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be problematic, as well.  If you suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, call your
  • Carved pumpkins are especially festive; however, if you use a candle to illuminate the pumpkin, take extra caution to prevent the pumpkin from being knocked over by your pet.       
  • Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be stressful and annoying for your  pets.  Do not put your pet in a      costume unless you know that they love it. Those pets that do not like being in costume will be caused undue stress this time of year.      
  • For those pets that are dressed up for Halloween, make certain that the costume is safe to wear.  The costume should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede its ability to breathe bark or meow.  Additionally, beware of any dangling or easily chewed off parts that the pet could choke on.  Also, loose fitting costumes can get twisted possibly leading to injury.   
  • While Halloween can be an exciting time for us it can be stressful on our pets.  All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during Trick-or-Treating.  Give your pet a “pet-friendly” treat; a stuffed Kong; rawhide chew, for examples, to help occupy their time.
  • Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be out of reach of your pets.  If chewed, your pet could be cut, burned, receive a possible life threatening shock and/or cause a fire.     
  • Always  make certain that your pet is wearing the proper identification (dog license, for example) and/or is micro-chipped.  If for any reason your pet escapes and      becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or microchip can be lifesavers for them.  Additionally, visit the Animal Resource Center to see if your pet is there and/or to place a lost  report.

Animal Resource Center Hours: 
10 am - 6 pm, Monday-Friday 
10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 
11 am - 1 pm, Sundays & Holidays (Lost pet searches ONLY)

6790 Webster Street
Dayton, Ohio45414-2608 

937-898-4457—shelter
937-454-8139—fax 

www.mcohio.org/animalshelter
animalshelter@mcohio.org