Anticipate potential hazards this Halloween and prepare your dog

Anticipate potential hazards this Halloween and prepare your dog for them.

By Guest Dog Blogger, Autumn

Halloween is right around the corner, and take it from me many dogs find it scarier than you’d think.  I’ve made a list of things to think about to help make it a fun holiday for everyone, including us furry friends.

Anticipate potential hazards and prepare your dog for them.

Some areas of concern are things we might eat, interactions with children, and the general tone of the holiday which could cause us to be on edge.  Remember we don’t understand that Halloween is a holiday.  All we see are loud, excited, oddly clad children  which can be frightening and cause us to want to escape or have touchy behavior.

Please be sensitive to your dog’s stress level and safety

Don’t leave us out in the yard on Halloween. There are vicious pranksters who feel they can tease or injure us.

No tricks, no treats!

That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for any of us dogs. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous to us.  And when we eat tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers, we might choke on them if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

A carved pumpkin is perfect for Halloween, but please exercise caution if you choose to add a lighted candle

I’ll admit it, sometimes we are clumsy or get really exited.  We can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Puppies especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets

I know how cute we look in costumes but some of us just don’t like them and really stress us out.  Please don’t put us in a costume UNLESS you know we love it (yup, a few of us are real hams!).

If you do dress us up, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It shouldn’t constrict us from moving around or impede our ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that we could choke on. (I’m saying this for Penny’s sake)

Be sure to take a close look at the costume when it’s on us.  Make sure it does not obstruct our vision in any way. We can get snappy when we can’t see.

Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets

When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, make sure you know where we are so we don’t accidentally dart outside.  All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours.

Always make sure we have proper identification. That way, if for any reason we may escape and get lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip with our current address definitely will increase the chances that we will be returned to you.

Thanks for reading this.  I know your dog appreciates your care and concern.  And I’m sure you’ll have a special Halloween treat for them on this special night.

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