Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
Halloween is full of fun and excitement for people, but it might give your dog a fright! That’s why it’s important to take some safety precautions. We’ve compiled some “tricks or treats” to make sure your pup has a safe and happy HOWLOWEEN!
COSTUMES: DRESS EM UP OR NOT?
If you choose to dress up your dog for the occasion, make sure the costume is safe and comfortable. The costume should not constrict movement or impede your dog’s ability to breathe or bark. Look out for strings that can get caught or twisted, hoods that can block sight, and whether your dog seems uncomfortable. If your dog refuses to wear the costume, let the force not be with you! Find something cute to take a quick picture of them, and let them get back to their regular doggy business.
Better yet, treat your dog to some ghoulish fun! Your local pet store will have lots of halloween toys and treats that your dog can enjoy.
DECORATIONS: BEWARE OF THE SCARE!
- Lights: Those bright and shiny light decorations may set the mood, but are also a safety concern. Dogs are naturally curious and might attempt to chew the actual bulbs or electrical cords. So when you’re setting up your festive lights this year be sure to place the cords and lights out of reach of your dog.
Candles: That candle inside that smiling jack-o-lantern poses a huge risk. An excited dog might knock over the pumpkin, potentially causing a fire. To avoid any accidents, keep candle lit pumpkins out of reach of your furry buddy, or opt for flameless candles.
Witches and Ghouls: Do your best to keep decorations, such as that witch, out of reach of your dog. If your dog mistakes a piece of wood or plastic for a toy, this can get stuck in their stomach and cause a lot of pain. Consider placing decorations on countertops and table-tops where they can’t be reached.
KEEP CANDY AND GOODIES OUT OF REACH
If your kids (or you) like to go through their stash of candy after a night of trick-or-treating, be mindful that a curious pup might be lurking nearby to snatch a treat. Be sure to keep away chocolate, or artificially sweetened candy (called xylitol). These are the most toxic candies that your dog can get his paws on.
As for all other candy, all that sugar can make your dog sick and can even lead to pancreatitis if consumed in large amounts. If you want your dog to join in on the Halloween festivities keep some doggy treats nearby.
BARRICADE THE DOOR
If your dog loves to bolt or greet people at the door, consider leaving candy outside in a bowl along with a sign. You can also keep your dog at a pet hotel for the night or put up a gate so that they can’t reach the door when it’s open.
GET AN ID TAG!
Before Halloween night arrives, be sure that your dog is chipped and can be properly identified if he becomes lost. If your dog runs out the door when trick-or-treaters arrive, he should be identifiable. This is also a great tip for year-round doggy care.
Leave the scariness to the ghouls and goblins, help ensure that you and your dog have a safe and happy Halloween by taking safety precautions.