Quick and Easy Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
Halloween can be a fun time for dog owners, but it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year for your canine companion. We’ve compiled a short list of halloween tips to keep your puppy safe during the trick-or-treating bonanza.
- Don’t feed your dog candy.
I wish tips like this could go without saying but each year veterinarian clinics are slammed with panicked pet owners on November 1st. Absolutely nothing with chocolate is good for dogs, and those who ingest it will develop chocolate poisoning quick. It doesn’t matter what form it’s in, keep all the chocolate goodies away from your pup.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. If your dog starts showing any of these signs shortly before or after Halloween then you need to rush him/her to the vet immediately.
- Keep your dog indoors and away from the door Halloween night.
Young mischievous pranksters get up to all sorts of things Halloween night. Don’t run the risk of something happening to your dog or your dog mistakenly harming someone else. Keep him/her inside even if your pup’s a little big for the indoors. As disgusting as it is, there are reported events of dogs being harmed and even killed on Halloween. Protect your canine by keeping him/her close.
Chances are there will be a lot of people visiting your front door during the festivities. It’s best to keep your dog away from the door even if you’re not expecting trick-or-treaters to stop by. You don’t want to have to go chasing after your lost loved one during the Halloween madness because someone accidentally let him/her out or worse.
- Don’t let your dog eat traditional Halloween foods.
While not dangerous like chocolate or candy, most kinds of traditional Halloween food will upset your dog’s tummy and cause health problems just as easily. Go get some dog treats from your local pet supply store if you want your pup to enjoy a treat during the festivities too.
- Try on dog outfits before the big night.
Some dogs don’t like being dressed up. Forcing your pup to dress up when he/she doesn’t want to could lead to your dog being injured or even become ill due to stress. If your dog doesn’t want to wear a shirt, try a scarf. Sometimes less is more and your dog won’t mind something less intrusive.
You should also make sure any outfit you dress your dog in doesn’t restrict his/her vision or movement, ability to breathe or capability to bark. Your dog’s safety is more important than him or her matching your costume.
- Remove electrical cords and wires from your dog’s view/reach.
This tip goes double for all of you with younger canines. The last thing you want is to happen across your puppy after he/she has chewed through a cord and been electrocuted. Be smart and keep your home safe of canine hazards.
Keep your pet safe this Halloween so you can all have a barking good time. Happy Halloween!
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