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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