The countdown is on to Halloween but the fun of the season is already underway with pet parades, costume contests, and dog festivals every weekend.
While we all love to have fun with our dogs during this festive season, it’s important to keep your dog–and trick or treaters–safe during this fun time. Here’s our rundown of 10 things your dog should never do this Halloween!
- Never let your dog eat chocolate or sugar-free gum. Chocolate and Halloween go hand in hand…unless your hands are paws. Remember that chocolate is toxic for dogs. Keep your dogs away from the Halloween candy and away from discarded Halloween candy on your walks on November 1, too! Also, sugar-free gum is concern because of the extreme danger of xylitol poisoning.
- Never let your dog get close to candles. Candles in jack-o-lanterns can easily be knocked over by an enthusiastically wagging tail, causing burns or a fire. Opt for safer battery-lit candles for the same look without the worry.
- Never run the risk of your dog getting lost. Whether you plan for your dog to be in the house, outside, or trick or treating with you, you must have a current ID tag on your dog.
- Never take a worried dog trick or treating. Your dog doesn’t have to be a fearful dog to prefer a quiet night at home to trick or treating. The strange masks and costumes in the darkness are frightening for many dogs. For most dogs, the best solution on Halloween is to stay at home, securely in a bedroom with a chew, and away from the view of scary trick or treaters at your door. Leave the TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the doorbell.
- Never trick or treat without lighting on your dog. If you plan to take your dog trick or treating with you, be sure your dog is wearing a lighted collar, lighted tag, and/or a lighted leash. It’s all too easy for dogs to get away in the dark of night. A lighted collar can be part of your dog’s Halloween costume!
- Never let your dog bolt from the house. Too many dogs become lost on Halloween as the door opens and closes all evening. Keep your dog in a secure room both for his safety and for that of the trick or treaters’.
- Never let your dog wear a dangerous costume. Costumes with bells and small pieces that could be choking hazards should never be put on your dog.
- Never put your dog in an uncomfortable costume. Similarly, don’t put a costume that’s temperature inappropriate on your dog or one that restricts his movement. It’s not just uncomfortable; it’s dangerous.
- Never let your dog eat fake spiderwebs and decorations. Fake spiderwebs are especially a hazard for cats, who digest them and run the risk of clogged intestines. They can also be a hazard for dogs.
- Never let your dog eat discarded candy wrappers. Both on Halloween and in the days following, keep an eye out for discarded wrappers and foil that your dog can suddenly gulp.
With some precautions, Halloween can be a treat…and a safe one…for both you and your dog!