How To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

Make sure to keep your dog safe this Halloween whether you’re taking your dog trick-or-treating or letting your furry bundle of joy greet a swarm of kids in their costumes.

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Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe this Halloween.

  • If your dog is going to be wearing a costume, make tosupervise him at all times. Check that your dog’s costume fits properly and is not causing difficultyin moving, breathing, seeing or hearing.
    Be cautious about any elastic or decorative items in the costume. Dogs are notorious gobblers and swallowing these items could cause intestinal obstructions or choking.
  • Be careful about where you place candles and jack-o’-lanterns since your dog can easily knock them over. This could burn your dog or even start a fire.
  • Consider walking your dog earlyHalloween, while the sun is still shining and the ground visible. Your dog may find candy, wrappers and broken eggs on lawns and streets.
  • Children in costumes can be scary for dogs — especially when the childrengiddy and loud. Depending on your dog’s temperament, you may want to put your dog is in a safe and secure room. This will prevent your dog from running out, getting hurt and frightening your visitors.
  • If you want your dog to be part of the fun and let him greet trick-or-treaters, keep him on a leash.
  • Never leave your dog unattended outside on Halloween, even if he is behind a fence. Pranksters could target your dog with eggs, and strangers may be tempted to give your dog treats and candy that can be very harmful him.
  • If you’re hosting a Halloween party, consider confining your dog in a secure room. Leave the radio or TV, and lights on for your dog, and make sureto check on him every now and then.
  • Never let your pooch near the treats. Chocolate and sweets can be dangerous for dogs. A dog’s digestive system is not adapted for sweets. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be harmful and sometimes fatal to dogs. Baked chocolate goods are especially high in this chemical!
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Source: Chicago Tribune

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