Halloween Safety

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It’s almost time for Halloween, it’s as scary a time for dogs as it is for us.  So here’s seven helpful tips that I have discovered to help your dogs have a treatful 31 October.  Happy Howloweeeeen!

1. Keep any treats for human consumption out of reach of your dog, especially the chocolate and sugary ones.  Also make sure any leftovers or wrappers are not left lying around, they’re very appealing to dogs, especially puppies.

 

2. Keep candles and pumpkins as far away from your dogs as possible.  It’s far to easy for an excited/nervous pup to knock into a candle and potentially burn themselves.  A battery powered pumpkin is a great alternative.  If any of your decorations have a wire make sure your dog isn’t have a cheeky chew.

 

3. Don’t force your dogs into a costume. Some dogs enjoy dressing up but others certainly don’t.  If your dog shows any sign of being resistent or seems uncomfortable in a costume of any type don’t do it, no matter how cute they may look.  If you are dressing your dog make sure it fits well and doesn’t interfere with breathing, hearing, seeing, eating, peeing etc.  Also make sure there is no pieces that can be easily chewed or swolled and there’s nothing that may hurt your dog.

 

4. Make sure your dog wears their ID tag at all times on Halloween night and that the information on there is correct and up to date. Just in case. Also ensure they are nowhere near an open door so there is no chance of them darting out the door.

 

5. Make sure they are used to costumes and decorations.  If you or a family member are dressing up this year make sure your dog still knows it’s you either by keeping your face uncovered or allowing them to scent your costume.  Some decorations can also be scary for dogs, especially anxious dogs, think about how scary some decorations can be for humans.

 

6. Keep your dog inside. Some dogs can become very agitated by people dressed in costumes walking around near their house.  Also remember to keep them in a room away from the door and any trick or treaters. Dogs can become very protective if strangers are at the door, especially if they are in costume.  Make sure there is a safe place for your pup to go where they feel comfortable.

 

7. If you are taking your dog trick or treating with you, ensure there is someone to hold them when you knock on the door, you never know what decorations some houses may have or how the residents may react when they open the door.  Just be prepared for any expected ghouls that may be lurking and may scare your dog and cause them to slip their collar or become protective or even aggressive.

 

Sources and Further Reading : Woodtv, AVMA, ASPC

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