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Halloween Food and Decoration Safety Guide for Pets

We love including our pets in our holiday celebrations! Dressing them up in costumes, trick-or-treating, playing with holiday-themed toys, but it’s important to learn about the dangers associated with the holidays to ensure their safety. Here’s a list of hazardous food and decorations to avoid around your pets:


  • Sugar substitute found in gum, mints, candy & baked goods
  • 1/8 teaspoon can cause dangerously low blood sugar in dogs
  • 1/2 teaspoon can cause liver damage


Natural stimulants in this Halloween staple can cause a range of symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm & death.

Check out the petMD Chocolate Toxicity Meter to find out if your pet has consumed too much chocolate.


May cause a toxic reaction in dogs from vomiting to kidney failure.

Jack-O’-Lanterns & Corn

These fall decorations can cause gastrointestinal upset in large doses.

Candy Wrappers & Lollipop Sticks

Cellophane, plastic & paper sticks can cause gastrointestinal upset or bowel obstruction.

Glow Sticks

Can cause drooling, irritation, agitation & vomiting.


Hot wax & flames can potentially burn your pet's nose, tongue or tail when within reach.


Sharing these types of beverages can be toxic with symptoms ranging from bloat to respiratory failure.