Kids and adults alike are excited for Halloween. It is fun to dress up, party and enjoy some treats. Speaking of treats, most dogs also get to join this merriment. Owners dress their dogs with adorable costumes. For dogs that are not anxious in social settings, their owners get to bring them for trick or treat with matching costumes. But what is the limit for dogs? How to keep your dog safe during Halloween?
Pumpkins and other decors
Pumpkins are great for dogs----when cooked and prepared properly. But raw pumpkins are not.
Dogs tend to chew on things. Your pumpkin decoration is not an exception.
To prevent choking and/or digestive problems, do not let your dog near pumpkins and other Halloween decorations in general.
Some people light candles or have electric or battery-operated decorations. Your dog might start a fire, might get electrocuted or poisoned if he chews on the cord or tip over a candle.
If you are planning to dress up your dog for Halloween, be sure to try it on them before the day.
See if they are comfortable to avoid causing anxiety or injury on your pet.
Use hypoallergenic or non-toxic materials if you're making their costume yourself. If you are buying from a store, check it carefully for sharp objects, obstructions or damage.
Check that there are no parts in the costume that can easily be chewed off (that may cause choking) or injure your dog.
Children would be coming for trick or treat in your house. Constant knocking or ringing of the doorbell might scare, upset or trigger your dog’s anxiety. Scary costumes might also spook them, especially if this is their first Halloween and if your dog has pre-existing anxiety issues.
Keep him calm and safe inside your room or wherever is his “safe place”.
Never force your dog at something as trivial as wearing costumes.
Quick Tip! Before everything starts, it is advisable to give your dog a natural calming treat so he stays calm even when things get crazy outside without the side effect. Complete Calm is a natural and advanced formula for dog anxiety and stress.
It is recommended to give one chew 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to stressful situation.
Sadly, not everyone is aware of how dogs behave or how to treat them right. Some kids (and even grownups) could get vicious or mean with animals.
They might get carried away in having fun and might tease, hurt, steal or worst kill your dogs. Black dogs (but especially black cats) are usually in danger during Halloween as some crazy celebrations could involve sacrificing these poor animals.
Keep your dogs away from pranksters or tricksters. Do not let them stay outside the house unsupervised. Protect the kids as well by not letting your dogs near the door when they come around for trick or treat.
Dogs are always curious and have insatiable appetite. So, do not leave your treats around to avoid poisoning your pet. Keep them away from your dogs.
Be sure to dispose of your candy or chocolate wrappers properly. Your dog would smell the food from it and would try to eat it. This may cause choking or blockage.
Quick Tip! So your dogs don't feel left out when everyone's enjoying their treats, make them their own dog treats. At least you'll know it's safe for them.
There are homemade dog treats recipes that is Halloween themed. You can search for easy recipes online if you're not too busy preparing their costumes or your own. If you do not have the time to make them, there are many available in the stores. Just be sure to read the ingredients and best before date before buying.
If it is inevitable that you have to go out with your dog, keep them secured with a sturdy collar or leash.
Quick Tip! Put a yellow ribbon or use a yellow leash with warning to signify that your dog needs space.
Let your dog wear an ID or tag with your name and phone number on it in case your dog gets spooked and runs away (knock on wood that this won’t happen!).
Keep them warm
Around this season is usually chilly. That is another reason to keep your dogs inside where it is warm and cozy.
The cold weather can also trigger joint pain and arthritis for most dogs.
Fast fact!Arthritis affects around 80% of dogs over the age of 8.
If you are throwing a party on Halloween, be sure the harmful foods for dogs are away from them or that your guests know not to feed them. Keep your eyes on your drinks too as most human drinks can be toxic for dogs.
Quick Tip! Keep your dog well-fed, with water, and calm in your room when people are coming over.
Give your dogs their treats too as they also deserve to take part on this event.
Most dog parents though prefer to just stay home with their fur babies and chill instead of joining the Halloween hullabaloo outside.
They dress up for fun, take lots of photos and enjoy their meal. Maybe watch a scary movie while cuddling their dog.
How about you? What are your plans for you and your dog this Halloween? Are you and your dog dressing up together? How do you keep your dog safe during Halloween?
Let us know in the comment below! We’d love to hear from you.