Keeping your dog safe during the Halloween season is a top priority. Even if it’s a fun time for kids to dress up and get candy, it’s also a time for your dog to be extra careful. With all of the costumed people out in the streets, it can be hard for your dog to know who is real and who isn’t and what’s actually going on. The last thing you want is for them to feel like someone they don’t know is approaching and get nervous or aggressive.
Still, there are plenty of ways to celebrate safely with your pet! We’ve compiled some tips for keeping your dog safe on Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
If you’re going trick-or-treating with your dog, keep him on a leash at all times. Also, make sure your dog has an ID tag with his or her name and phone number on it. You should never let your dog roam loose – especially not on this night as they could be hit by cars or cause accidental harm to others. If your dog becomes lost, having the information on their collar, will help locate him or her quickly.
If you plan to get dressed up in costume, don’t make your dog also get dressed up if they’re showing signs that they don’t want to. And don’t dress them up in costumes that could get caught on something or make them hard to see in the dark.
Don’t forget that dogs are sensitive to noise, which means that all of the trick-or-treaters ringing doorbells and knocking on doors will cause a lot of barking and howling. If you live in an area where people dress up in costumes—or if your neighbors do—you may find yourself with very confused pooches who are trying desperately to figure out why the mailman looks like Darth Vader. You can help your dog relax by keeping him inside until after dark or making sure he has plenty of chew toys so he doesn’t eat the decorations you have hanging around your house (which could be dangerous).
Chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea, as well as other serious problems like seizures, kidney failure, and death. It’s best to just keep them away from the candy and leave it for the kids and adults.
Halloween decorations are also a fun part of the holiday but they can also be a giant hazard. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
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