5 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Dog
Keep your Best Friend Safe this October!
When you think of Halloween, you may think of happy thoughts like the beautiful autumn colors outside from the leaves changing or the sweet taste of apple cider on a windy Sunday afternoon. There are an endless number of fun fall activities to do with your dog, but it’s important to remember to keep Halloween safety top-of-mind around October 31st: safety comes first.
Trick-or-Treating may be fun for the family and kids, but this holiday oftentimes causes stress and anxiety for your dog. Keep your best friend calm this Halloween by following our 5 safety tips below!
1. No Trick-or-Treat Candy
Letting your best friend do tricks for dog treats is fine, but don’t allow them get their noses into Halloween candy - that’s a different story. It’s important to especially avoid anything with chocolate or Xylitol, a sugar substitute used in sugar-free gum; these ingredients can both be deadly to dogs. If your dog does eat something they shouldn’t, reach out to your veterinarian for assistance and follow our suggested steps in the link above.
2. Away from the Door
Many of us already know that our dogs are territorial of our own homes and protective of our families. With children coming to the door and ringing the doorbell on Halloween night, keeping your best friend entertained in another room of the house would be ideal.
Whether your dog is super friendly and loving with strangers or protective or shy, keeping them out of the view of the front door is a safe way to go on Halloween night.
3. Beware of Halloween Decorations
Even though Halloween plants such as pumpkins or decorative corn are relatively nontoxic, they can upset your dog’s stomach. Be sure to keep track of your kids’ costume accessories as well. Try to keep these decorations out of your dog’s reach to avoid your dog from chewing on them, along with wires and cords from electric decorations. Last but not least, watch your candle-lit jack-o-lanterns. A wagging pup is almost always a good thing - it means a happy dog; but you don’t need a wagging tail to be burned or knock a candle over and cause a fire in the house. Of course you can still create those jack-o-lantern masterpieces, just be extra cautious to avoid putting your best friend and family in danger. LED candles are great to use when you have a pup in the house.
4. Don’t Leave your Dog Alone Outside
With everyone out and about running around the neighborhood on Halloween night, it’s best to keep an eye on your dog at all times. If you let them outside, go with them or watch through the window. Know your dog’s likes and dislikes. If you are taking the kids out trick-or-treating for Halloween and your dog is upset by small people in strange costumes, you may want to leave your best friend at home. If your dog likes to dress up, is easy to control on a leash, likes to walk with you and the kids, and is unphased when meeting little monsters on the street, then taking your dog with you would be fine. If your pup does not like your kids in costume, they will most likely not like strangers in costume either.
5. Remember Proper Identification
Just in case your dog sneaks out the front door while you are passing out candy or becomes frightened in the yard, make sure that they are properly identified with a tag with your contact information. Second to the 4th of July, Halloween is a holiday where more pets go missing than any other day, year after year.
Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween!
Do you have any questions about the 5 safety tips above? Or a story that happened to you and your pup on Halloween you wish to share? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!