Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candy containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. Popular plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are relatively non-toxic, but can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
Dress up may seem fun, but can be very stressful for your pet. Don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know they LOVE it. Make sure it does not constrict their movement, breathing, sight, hearing, or ability to bark or meow! Also, make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on.
If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, keep your pets away from the front door. Too many strangers, especially in costumes, can be stressful and may cause uncharacteristic behavior. Take care that your pet does not dart outside — and, remember, a collar and tags and/or microchip can be a lifesaver if your pet ever becomes lost!