Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

25 September 2013 ~ 4 Comments

September is almost over, so you could say Halloween is just around the corner. This holiday is fun for adults and children, but it can be really scary and even dangerous for your pets. So this Halloween, it’s worth it to take the extra steps to make sure your fur-babies have a safe holiday.

First of all, if you know your doggie isn’t a big fan of costumes, don’t add to his stress, and let him wear his “birthday suit”. Yes, dogs look adorable in Halloween costumes, but while some love getting dressed up, others find it very annoying and sometimes scary (for example, Toby doesn’t mind getting dressed up from time to time, but he hates it if I try to put a hat on his head). If your dog loves costumes, go ahead and let him wear one, but make sure his vision, hearing, breathing and movement aren’t restricted.

Most people recommend leaving your dog at home while going trick-or-treating, because dogs might get scared and even aggressive with all that Halloween craziness, noise and masked people. Also, while you’re home, waiting for trick-or-treaters, keep your dog away from the front door – that’s where a lot of action is going to be on that evening. It only takes a second for a scared dog to dart outside and get lost. This is information worth repeating, but it is always better for your dogs to wear ID tags or have a microchip, as this will increase their chances of being reunited with their families.

Another safety tip for Halloween is to keep sweets and hazardous decorations away from your dog. Chocolate and candies with artificial sweetener (xylitol) are toxic to dogs, and flaming jack-o-lanters and candles can burn your curious dog. By following all these easy steps you’ll make sure you and your dog will have a fun, safe & stress-free Halloween!

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4 Responses to “Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween”

  1. Robbie G 25 September 2013 at 8:59 am Permalink

    Yes, lots of little kids coming up to the front door, make sure your dog doesnt have direct uncontrolled access to these small kids, even a dog sniffing a hand can set of a parent…avoid it all together IMO… if the child wants to touch the dog, make sure a parent is there and acknowledges , keep on a leash even in house during this busy time, not necessarily tied to anything but at least no one can claim the dog wasn’t leashed or was not under owners control. hate to say it but we live in a society w people that have unreasonable attitudes towards animals AND humans. I’m sure some will reply its no big deal or my suggestions are overkill…thats fine too. just citing my opinion from past halloween experiences! =)

  2. Alex 25 September 2013 at 9:04 am Permalink

    The good thing about Corgis is that this basically means put anything dangerous on a secure platform that is more than 4 feet high! 🙂

  3. Dani 25 September 2013 at 10:23 am Permalink

    Something we’ve done with our animals (cats and corgis) is write the animal name and our phone number directly on their collars in sharpie marker so that should the tags fall off, they still have our contact information. Of course, they are all microchipped, but a little extra precaution takes but a minute and brings a little piece of mind.

  4. keri schaner 26 September 2013 at 1:55 am Permalink

    Your little Toby looks so much like my moms little Koda Boy they really could be brothers. I need to get him on your site soon!!

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