There are few things in life cuter than seeing your terror-of-a-puppy dressed up in horns and a red cape on Halloween. But for dogs and their families, Halloween should also be a time for caution. To ensure that both your children and dogs enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:
- Your dog can easily become anxious and frightened when the doorbell is constantly ringing and all he sees are children in strange clothes and masks. Confining him to his own safe haven for the evening (like his crate or a closed room) can help calm his nerves and prevent him from running out of the constantly opening front door.
- If you walk your dog around the neighborhood while children are trick-or-treating, be sure to use a sturdy collar, or harness and leash, and be careful around unfamiliar children and adults. Again, the costumes and masks may make your dog uncomfortable and frightened.
- Be sure your dog is wearing identification tags with your name and phone number on them in case you become separated from your dog or he escapes from the house.
- If you're dressing your dog for Halloween, use safe, non-flammable and non-toxic items that your dog is comfortable in and that don't restrict his movement, breathing or vision.
- Lastly, keep all candy out of your dog's reach — especially chocolate, which is toxic to dogs. Consumption of even small amounts can cause seizures, muscle tremors and vomiting while larger doses can be fatal. Stick to his own treats and he'll be just as happy.
Following these simple tips will help keep your dog safe, healthy and out of any scary trouble this Halloween.
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