Pet Safety Tips for the Fall Season

We know how much you care about keeping your pet safe under any circumstances. Even in seemingly harmless situations, you know that it doesn’t take much for an accident to happen! That’s why we want to remind you about some of the most common (and avoidable) fall hazards. As long as you’re mindful of your pet’s surroundings and prepare ahead of time, you’ll both be able to relax, kick back, and enjoy all that the season has to offer.


What do candy, plastic wrappers, jack o’ lanterns, decorations, and costumes all have in common? They can cause problems for your pet! This doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun on Halloween. Just make sure to:

  • Keep all candies and other sweets away from your pet. Many candies contain xylitol, a type of sweetener that is toxic to pets.
  • Throw away candy wrappers instead of leaving them on table tops or other places your pet might be able to reach them. These can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
  • Use artificial candles instead of real ones for decorating and jack o’ lanterns, or place them where your pet can’t get to them or knock them over.
  • Try not to wear scary masks around your pet. This could frighten them! And make sure you don’t leave any small costume parts or face makeup sitting around.
  • Avoid decorating with stringy and/or dangly, shiny objects that your pet might find enticing.
  • Keep your front door secure so that your pet can’t slip out. If trick or treaters stress them out, keep them in a quiet room with bedding, toys, and treats, and check on them frequently.


Thanksgiving is all about food and family. It’s a great time to catch up with relatives you haven’t seen in awhile and to enjoy some quality home cooking. Just be careful about serving foods that could make your pet sick! These include:

  • Garlic, onions, chives, and leeks
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and cashews
  • Chocolate (baking chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, etc.)
  • Any gum, candy, or baked goods containing xylitol
  • Turkey bones (or any other meat bones)
  • Coffee, soda, alcohol, tea, beer, wine, etc.

Avoid giving your pet any table scraps that include these foods, and be sure to let your friends and family know, too! Safe foods include:

  • Boneless plain turkey meat
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Plain pumpkin

When in doubt, make sure that your pet has plenty of their own food and treats to enjoy! Their safety should always be a priority.

If You Need Help

You can contact us at any time during our regular office hours if you have questions or concerns. If your pet consumes something poisonous or toxic, you can also get in touch with the Pet Poison Helpline or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435