Halloween is just around the corner, and I know I’m excited!!
I have already brought out all my decorations, and can’t wait to start putting them up.
While it may be all about fun for the grownups, and the kids, let’s make sure you do what you can to keep your dog safe on Halloween.
Here are some tips that will help
- Keep bags of candy out of your dog’s reach
- If a piece of candy or chocolate falls on the floor, pick it up right away – and tell your kids that too! It can be poisonous, and a definite choking hazard
- Welcoming trick or treaters means lots of door opening, bell ringing, scary costumes and screaming kids. Keep your dog safe by putting her in a separate part of the house, or behind a baby gate
- Even if your dog is safely locked away, she should be microchipped and have a proper fitting collar with an id tag, containing up to date information
- Don’t leave your dog alone in the yard. You never know if a prankster will steal or let her out, or even do her harm
- Don’t keep lit pumpkins in the house. Your dog can burn herself, or knock it over and cause a fire
- Halloween lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach. Cords can be chewed, and decorations knocked over, or swallowed.
- Make sure your dog can’t get at the pumpkins and corn. Although they are edible, blockages or choking can occur if large pieces are swallowed
If your dog does eat something she should not have, or you even suspect she has, call the poison hotline, or take her to the emergency hospital if your vet is not available.
If you’re going to dress your dog up in a costume…
- it should be loose enough to be comfortable, but not so loose she can get tangled up in it
- no beading or other pieces that can be chewed off
- make sure it does not restrict her breathing or ability to bark
- take it off if she’s miserable
- a Halloween themed bandana can add to the festive look, and is safer