Trick Paw Treat? 5 Ways To Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s only fair that your pets get to join in the fun! Not everything about the holiday is automatically pet-friendly, though, so here’s how to ensure this spooky celebration is safe and enjoyable for all involved:

Keep paws away from pumpkins

Inquisitive pets and pumpkins are not a good combination. Excitable dogs and curious cats can easily knock pumpkins over by mistake, so keep your jack-o’-lanterns outside once lit to reduce the risk of fire.


Check ingredients

Most people understand that chocolate is bad for dogs, but it can also be fatal to cats (although they are generally less likely to eat it than their canine counterparts).

Watch out for sugar-free sweets, too. They often contain an artificial sweetener called Xylitol, which can be deadly to cats and dogs.


Fancy dress? Keep it simple!

Pugs dressed up as sea monsters might look cute, but some costumes can disorientate your pet, making them feel anxious. If a costume hides the tail, ears, or posture of your pet, it can also prevent them from expressing their discomfort. Make sure you get the right costume that your pet can enjoy or just keep it simple! If you want your furry friend to look the part, try swapping their usual collar for a fun spooky one.


Scary visitors

If you’re opening your door to trick-or-treaters, make sure your pets are safe in another room where they won’t be exposed to so much noise. Sugar-fuelled children in fancy dress can get quite excited, and the stream of unfamiliar faces can make cats and dogs anxious.


Keeping pets away from the door will also ensure they don’t escape while you’re handing out treats - a truly scary risk at this time of year.


Pet-safe Halloween treats

Feeling guilty about eating all those chocolate eyeballs and jelly spiders in front of your puppy? Try following one of these spooky, pet-friendly treat recipes so they don’t miss out on the fun!


Halloween Cookies for Cats

You’ll want to keep these cookies far away from the biscuit tin. With parmesan cheese and cod liver oil, they’ll taste great to cats — but not so much to us humans!


Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats


These wonderfully simple dog biscuits are perfect for using up spare pumpkin, and contain every dog’s favourite ingredient — peanut butter! 


Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats


From scented candles to cream liqueurs, it’s become very clear that pumpkin spice isn’t just for lattes — and why shouldn’t your pets join in on the fun? Give them something to bark about this Halloween with their very own tray of tasty biscuits.


Have any spooky treat recipes that your pet loves? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TrickPawTreat!


Image credit: Kelly Garbato