One of the highlights of fall is Halloween, which is an enjoyable time for kids and adults, but can be quite dangerous for canines. As you prepare your home this week for the coming holiday, be sure to keep the following tips in mind so your dog stays safe!
1) Create a Scare-free safety zone
If your dog has a tendency to bark loudly whenever the doorbell rings or is startled when he or she sees someone in a costume, you may want to keep your pet in a separate area of the house during Halloween night. A basement or bedroom may be the best choice, and you should also bring in your pet’s bed, a few toys and visit him or her often throughout the night. This will prevent your dog from becoming spooked by visitors and the constant ringing of doorbells, and will give you peace of mind knowing your dog is safe and sound.
2) Be mindful of candy around the house
Whether your kids are diving into their Halloween haul or you have a treat bowl near the front door, you should be mindful of your dog’s curious nature and tendency to eat anything that seems appealing. Chocolate is potentially deadly for dogs, and other ingredients found in candy could cause your dog’s digestive system to experience problems. Additionally, Petfinder.com advised that tin foil and candy wrappers are especially hazardous, and they can cause painful intestinal blockages in some cases.
3) Think twice before investing in canine costumes
While it may seem cute to dress your dog up in a costume for Halloween, some dogs are not keen to feeling constricted in a costume. Before buying your dog a Halloween costume, be mindful of your dog’s behavioral tendencies, and look for a costume that won’t restrict your pet’s vision, hearing or range of movement. Everyone loves a good photo of a dog in a costume, but you should be mindful of your dog’s needs instead of making him or her feel extremely uncomfortable for the sake of a photo opportunity.