How to Make Halloween Less Scary for Pets


Petmate® offers safety tips for four-legged friends

(ARLINGTON, Texas) Oct. 24, 2013 –Jack-o’-lanterns, candy and costumed visitors are all part of the fun of Halloween. But for pets, burning candles, toxic treats, strangers and frequently opened front doors can be frightfully dangerous.

That’s why Petmate, a leading maker of innovative products pet families prefer for home, travel and play, offers tips and products for keeping Fido or Fluffy safe, secure and happy through the witching hour.

  • Opening the door for trick-or-treaters can tempt some pets to bolt. Prevent pets from escaping into the night by keeping them in their own safe haven, especially during peak trick-or-treating hours. A comfy kennel like the Petmate Navigator™ or Compass™ offers great visibility so pets can keep an eye on the action in safety.
  • The ringing doorbell and steady stream of strangers can be stressful for pets. Chew toys, like those from Petmate’s Dogzilla® and JW® Gnawberry Chew-ee lines, provide great ways for tough chewers of all sizes and breeds to release energy, get exercise and stay mentally stimulated in high-anxiety situations.
  • Trick-or-treating is fun for the whole family, including the dog, so reflective gear is a must. Designed with an ergonomic finger hole for added control and comfort, the Petmate Walkabout Retractable Leash features a 10-foot reflective cord and reflective wrist strap for extra visibility at night.
  • For pets whose favorite costume is “escape artist,” collars with ID tags are a must. Petmate Standard Nylon Custom Fit Core Collar for Dogs are a durable, stylish option that looks good on any dog. Petmate Adjustable Reflective Cat Collar feature a patented breakaway buckle and silver bell, providing both style and safety.
  • Many Halloween candies, especially chocolate, are toxic for pets. Make sure tired, sugar-crazed kids don’t forget to put their Halloween haul away before bedtime, well out of reach or behind cabinet doors, to prevent a trip to the emergency vet.

“We want to make sure every pet family enjoys a safe, fun holiday,” said Petmate EVP of Marketing and New Product Development Larry Baab. “At Halloween and all year round, safety is a top priority in every kennel, bed, toy, leash and collar we make -- because we understand how important pets are to their people.”

About Petmate

Founded in 1963, Petmate is the nation’s leading maker of innovative products pet families prefer for home, travel and play. Arlington, Texas-based Petmate is the trusted authority in innovative, functional, high-quality pet products including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel solutions, available at pet supply retailers nationwide. Petmate also makes pet family favorite brands Chuckit!, Aspen Pet, JW and more. For more information, visit



Sarah Langhorst