4 Important Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
Posted on October 25 2017
Halloween is the one night of the year where you can totally dress up your dog and no one can say anything about it….. except how cute they are!
While the streets start to fill up with dancing goblins, wicked witches, ghouls, and ghosts - the trick or treaters underneath the costumes may not be the only hazards to your little pup. Halloween can be filled with many not-so-hidden dangers and we’re here to help you prepare your little furry friend for the spooky holiday.
1. Paws Off the Chocolate
Every dog owner should already know that chocolate is a definite no no for them…. it could literally kill them. Dark Chocolate is the most lethal but high doses of milk or white chocolate could also be deadly. Make sure all of the candy in your home is stored high enough out of reach, and if you take your dog trick or treating, be sure to bring a flashlight! The streets and sidewalks could be filled with candy that may have fallen out of pillow sacks and plastic jack-o-lanterns… and your dog might sniff them out before you even notice.
If your dog has eaten a heavy load of chocolate or candy, call your local vet right away.
2. Decorations in Flames
As much fun as it is to decorate your home and yard with frightening sounds and scary ornaments, one must take caution on which decorations to put up. If you have a large dog who has a behavior tendency to put small things in his/her mouth, I’d keep away from putting out small fake pumpkins around the house. And as much fun as it is to carve a pumpkin or light a delicious smelling pumpkin candle, it’s very easy for a dog to knock one over and start a fire. Have caution when lighting a flame and always keep a fire extinguisher nearby!
3. Costume Confusion
Dressing up is the name of the game on Halloween, but if your best friend scares easily, you might want to skip out on dressing as a vampire or masked demon. I’d recommend getting dressed in front of your dog, so they can watch the transformation. Try to keep away from any distinct makeup or smells, so that your dog still knows its you.
If you have avid trick or treaters that come to your home, keep your dog in a separate room with a small baby gate and his/her favorite toy. This will minimize your dog from freaking out by seeing many different types of costumes that may confuse them. Try to also walk your dog at dusk before the festivities start so they’re nice and tired during the night.
4. Dressing Up
Before dressing up your pup, please make sure they are comfortable with you putting them in clothing before doing so. Many dogs take to tremendous stress when introduced to costumes or wardrobes that they are not used to. Buy pet costumes a month early so you can ease them into wearing something on the big day.
And if you take your dog out trick or treating, make sure they have their tags/IDs! Adding something shiny to their costumes isn’t a bad idea as well in case you lose them. Light up doggy costumes are fine as long as they don’t chew on any wires… and stay away from glow sticks if you can - they are very toxic to dogs if broken and consumed as well.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to your furry friend, be mindful of where you put the chocolate, exercise him early to drain his energy, and reward him with dog-safe treats when he is non-reactive to trick-or-treaters.
Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!
xo, Dog on Fleek