Make sure you keep your dog safe this Halloween whether you’re taking your furry baby trick-or-treating or letting your pooch greet a swarm of kids in their costumes.
Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe this Halloween.
- If your dog is going to be wearing a costume, make him supervise everything at all times. Check that your dog’s costume fits properly and is not causing difficulty in moving, breathing, seeing, or hearing.
Be wary of any costume designed with decorative or elastic items. Dogs are notorious gobblers, and swallowing these items could result in 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 early, while the sun is still shining and the ground is visible. Your furry baby may find broken eggs, wrappers, or candy in the streets or lawns.
- Dogs may fear seeing children in Halloween costumes — especially when the latter are giddy and loud. Depending on your dog’s temperament, you may want to put him in a secure room. This will prevent your pooch from rushing into guests, hurting others, or getting hurt himself.
- 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 pooch with eggs, and strangers may be tempted to give your pooch treats and candy that may be toxic for him.
- If you’re hosting a Halloween party, it is a good idea to confine your dog to a secure room. Leave the radio and lights on for your furry friend, and make sure you 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!