Smart Collars

No GPS

Accessories

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Your pooch knows tricks and loves treats but that doesn’t mean he should participate in all of the Halloween festivities. You can ensure that “fright night” doesn’t turn into a scary experience for your pet by following these five tips that make pet safety a priority on Halloween. 

1. Find a safe spot:

Repeatedly opening the door to trick-or-treaters offers an escape hatch for anxious pets. To keep your dog from darting out the door each time the doorbell rings, put him in his crate with a special treat or toy. Or, consider setting a bowl of treats on the porch where visiting ghosts and goblins can help themselves (and avoid ringing the doorbell and setting off an anxious barking spree). 

2. Prevent a ghoulish disappearance:

The unfamiliar sights and sounds on Halloween could spook your pup and cause him to run. If he does dart out the door, make sure he’s wearing a fully charged smart collar and identification tags. The GPS location tracking monitor and real time escape notifications in the Whistle Health & GPS and Whistle Health & GPS+ will make it easy to find your dog among the trick-or-treaters so you can be reunited quickly.

3. Hide the Halloween candy:

When your dog looks at the candy bowl and makes puppy dog eyes, you may be thinking, “Can my dog eat candy?” The short answer is no. (And, no, cats shouldn’t eat candy either). 

Many popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures. The ASPCA Poison Control Center listed chocolate as one of its top 10 toxins for pets. Gum and other sugar-free treats are often made with xylitol, an artificial sweetener, that can cause liver failure and even death. 

It’s not just the treats that cause problems. The shiny wrappers, if ingested, can cause intestinal blockages. 

Your pooch may be willing to try all of his tricks to access the candy stash, so it’s essential to keep the tempting treats out of reach. Store Halloween candy in upper cabinets, in the refrigerator or in another inaccessible spot.

4. Choose spook-tacular (and safe) decorations:

Your haunted house shouldn’t be a nightmare for your four-legged friends. The candle in the jack-o-lantern, wires leading to the festive inflatables and tinsel on the ornamental spiders could all cause Halloween safety hazards for your pets.

Opt for battery-operated “candles” over an open flame, install electrical cord covers to deter curious chewers, and keep other decorations out of reach to prevent your dog from eating spiders, witches and black cats that could cause tummy troubles (or worse).

Even your pumpkins and cornstalks should be off limits; both could contain mold that can be toxic if it’s ingested.

5. Reconsider costumes:

Yes, your dog looks adorable dressed as the mailman and your cat makes the cutest little pumpkin but not all pets love costumes. 

If dressing your pet in a Halloween costume causes stress, skip it. Halloween can be a stressful time for pets—hello, strangers in weird attire ringing the doorbell—and forcing your dog to dress up could make the disrupted routine feel even scarier. Celebrate the season with pumpkin-shaped dog treats or a squeak toy shaped like a candy corn instead of a costume.

Got a pet that loves to get dressed up? Make sure it’s a dog-friendly! Your pet’s costume shouldn’t include buttons, ribbons or other pieces that could get loose and become choking hazards. Make sure it fits well and never leave your dog unattended in his costume.  

These simple Halloween pet safety tips will ensure you won’t spook your pooch on the scariest night of the year

Related articles
  • National Walk Your Dog Week - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    National Walk Your Dog Week

    Whether you leash up your pup for a walk around the block or go off road and explore local trails, there are some doggone big benefits to walking your dog.
  • 7 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    7 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

    Whether you already share your life with a dog or want to adopt, here are seven ideas for how to celebrate National Dog Day 2022.
  • New Year, New Pet: 4 Ways to Make Pet Wellness a Priority in the New Year - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    New Year, New Pet: 4 Ways to Make Pet Wellness a Priority in the New Year

    The New Year is the perfect time to make a resolution to prioritize good health. In 2022, follow these four simple strategies for a happier, healthier pet.
  • The 5 Winter Safety Tips All Pet Parents Need to Know - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    The 5 Winter Safety Tips All Pet Parents Need to Know

    When the Mercury drops and snow starts to fall, it’s important to know how to keep your dog safe from the elements. This winter, follow these five winter safety tips. 

  • Leaf Peeping with Your Puppers: 5 tips for hiking with dogs this fall - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    Leaf Peeping with Your Puppers: 5 tips for hiking with dogs this fall

    With a little preparation and the right gear, you’ll make great memories hiking with your dog this fall.
  • A guide for new & foster pet parents - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    A guide for new & foster pet parents

    Shelters across the country are looking for people to help foster a dog and provide them a loving home during this time.
  • 5 tips for pet safety during a natural disaster - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    5 tips for pet safety during a natural disaster

    Protect your pet in the event of a natural disaster. Read our quick tips for keeping them safe during an emergency.
  • Quick guide to making your holiday pawsome - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    Quick guide to making your holiday pawsome

    While you’re trimming the tree, lighting the menorah, or engaging in other festive traditions, your best bud will be by your side and just as excited for the celebrations.
  • 5 fire safety tips for your pet - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    5 fire safety tips for your pet

    Make your pet part of your emergency plan with these safety tips
  • Tips for a safe road trip with your dog - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    Tips for a safe road trip with your dog

    How to make sure your copilot really enjoys the ride.
  • 6 tips to keep your dog safe for july 4th - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    6 tips to keep your dog safe for july 4th

    July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month and we want to make sure this never happens to your beloved pet by keeping these 6 tips in mind.
  • Is your backyard safe for your pet? - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    Is your backyard safe for your pet?

    Take a minute to check your summer hangout for these potentially pet-harming hazards.
  • 4 tips for holiday travel with your pet - Whistle
    Tips & Tricks

    4 tips for holiday travel with your pet

    If your holiday adventures include taking your pet on any plane, train, or automobile, these 4 tips from your friends at Whistle will help reduce stress and anxiety for you and your pet.
  • Share your love of Whistle. Get a $50 gift card.

    For a limited time, when you refer a friend, they’ll get $20 off a smart device and you’ll get a $50 Amazon gift card.

    Refer a friend
    Questions?

    We’re here 10am - 6:30pm EST every day.
    Phone: 1-855-999-0471

    1-year warranty

    If you experience any technical issues within one year of purchase, we'll troubleshoot and replace the device without charge if necessary. 

    Read more on our FAQ page

    Health monitoring 

    Track licking, scratching, eating, drinking, and sleeping to get a comprehensive picture of your pet’s health.

    Fitness features

    Set personalized activity goals based on breed, weight, and age. Track distance traveled, calories burned, and hours of rest.

    GPS tracking

    Know your pet’s exact location with GPS tracking powered by AT&T's 4G LTE-M network. Subscription plan required.

    Ask a vet

    Have a pet care question? Get free access to vet expertise through chat, call, video, and email.

    24-Hour timeline

    Get a detailed breakdown of their day to see when they were resting, playing, and exercising. 

    Food calculator

    Find out exactly how much food to give them based on their breed, weight, age, and brand of dog food.