Halloween is about mystery, make believe, and spooktacular fun for humans, but the unusual activity that Halloween brings can be quite alarming and frightening for your dog. You must be mindful of the stress that the Halloween festivities can cause and the simple steps you can take to ensure your pups safety and well being.
Many dogs react at the sound of the doorbell ringing, so unless your dog is very socialized, you should keep him in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours. All of the Halloween commotion can easily excite dogs and this will prevent unexpected aggression or attempts to dart out the door. Give him a fun treat to chew on while playing some white noise in the background to help soothe him. A long walk before the festivities begin will also help to release energy and keep him calm.
Keep your dog away from candy, decorations, candles, and jack-o-lanterns. All chocolate, especially dark baking chocolate, is dangerous for your pup to ingest. Sugar free candy and gum with the artificial sweetener, xylitol, can also be toxic to dogs. It’s not just the candy inside. Many dogs will gulp down the wrappers, sticks and strings too! Halloween decorations can also pose a threat to dogs, especially if your dog is prone to chewing. Candles, cords, and jack-o-lanterns should not be left unattended.
Dressing your dog up for Halloween can be lots of fun, but be sure he thinks so too. Try the costume on the day before and be aware of how your dog responds in the costume. Some dogs may tolerate it more than others. If he scratches at the costume, tries to take it off by biting on it, and just doesn’t seem comfortable, than it’s safe to say he’s not loving the idea and you should remove it. If your pup doesn’t seem to mind, then there’s no harm in putting on the latest superhero or princess costume. When choosing a costume for your dog be sure it doesn’t restrict movement and there are no materials such as strings or buttons that can be ingested.
No one wants to end up at the emergency veterinarian clinic on Halloween night, but if you are aware of the potential dangers and take precautions it will surely be another festive Halloween night full of tricks and treats that all of the family can enjoy, including your furry ones!