Halloween Pet Safety in Old Town

At Old Town Animal Care Center, we love seeing our patients and their families take part in local parades and festivals. You and your pets deserve to have a howling good time this Halloween, but safety should still be a priority! Consult our list of Halloween pet safety tips below to prevent any mishaps and enjoy peace of mind this season.

cat dressed as a hot dog

Helpful Tips

Sweet Treats

  • Never give your pet candy, and avoid leaving any treats sitting where your pet can easily grab them. Wrappers and sticks should also go in the trash right away, as they can be a choking hazard.
  • Many sweets contain a sweetener called xylitol, which is toxic to pets. Don’t take any chances—if your pet consumes any such treats, contact us, call the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661, or call Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.
  • Chocolate should also be off limits to your pet. Even milk chocolate, which contains less cocoa and is not as dangerous as dark chocolate and cocoa powder, should be avoided to prevent your pet from developing gastrointestinal issues.


  • Jack o’ lanterns, candles, wreaths, spider webs, and other trappings can create a fun, festive atmosphere in any home. However, they can be hazardous if your pet gets into them. Avoid keeping open flames anywhere in your home, if possible, or place them high up where they can’t be reached and/or knocked over. We recommend using artificial candles for optimal safety. No decoration is worth the risk of a house fire!
  • Small plastic spiders, rings, and streamers can also be choking hazards for your pet. Use these items wisely or avoid having them altogether.

Parties & Parades

  • There are all kinds of pet-friendly festivals and parades going on around the city, but these can be risky. It’s not easy to make sure that every pet attending is updated on their vaccinations, so there is a higher risk of infection. Make sure your pet is vaccinated and up-to-date on their parasite prevention.
  • Some dogs do not play well with others. Make sure your pet is kept on a secure harness and leash, and has updated ID tags and a microchip to help locate them in case they get loose and run off.
  • If your pet becomes skittish or aggressive around other animals, we recommend keeping them at home where they can relax. Crowded events with other animals around may simply be too stressful for your pet.

If you have any questions about making Halloween safer and more enjoyable for your pet, please call our staff at (312) 428-2571 so we can help!