Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween can be a fun and spooktacular time for us humans, but is often a very scary and unsafe evening for our dogs. Here are a few Halloween Safety Tips to keep your dog healthy and safe:
Keep Candy Out of Reach: Chocolate, gum and xylito (a sweetener in some gum and candy) are toxic to dogs and other candy can cause an upset stomach, so make sure candy is out of reach and in a secure location.
Beware of Dangerous Decorations: Please note that some decorations can pose a threat to dogs. Fake cobwebs and rubber eye balls and fangs can be choking hazards. Glow sticks and fake blood can be poisonous, while lit candles are a fire hazard.
Be Cautious About Costumes: Most dogs prefer not to wear costumes, so don’t force your dog to wear something that he/she is uncomfortable with. If you do decide to dress-up your dog, take pictures right away, so they do not need to wear their costume for a long period of time.
Keep Your Dog in a Secure Room: Some dogs can be protective at the front door, while others like to sneak or bolt out the door. Dogs that are normally easy going with visitors, might have a different response on Halloween. People dressed up can be very scary for dogs and create a fearful or aggressive response. To keep your dog and trick or treaters safe, keep your dog indoors in a quiet and secure room away from the front door. Do not leave your dog in the backyard on Halloween night. It is not a safe place to be on a night with so many people walking the neighborhood and sadly, some find being cruel to animals fun.
Leave Your Dog Home: Outdoor decorations can be loud and scary, while people in costumes can frighten many dogs. So, if you go out, it is best to keep your dog at home. If you do decide to take your dog out , be sure to have them on leash and wearing up-to-date ID and reflective gear, so they can be easily seen by cars and trick or treaters.
Make Sure Your Dog is Wearing ID: Just in case your dog escapes, make sure he/she wears a collar and an up-to-date ID tag at all times. Also, please consider microchipping your dog, in case your dog’s collar and/or tags slip off.