HALLOWEEN TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE!
1. Dogs should never have candy!
Chocolate can be harmful, and can even lead to death. Watch out for vomiting, diarrhea, breathing rapidly, heart rate increasing, or siezures. Also, halloween candy can contain the artificial sweeter xylitol which can be a lot more poisonous to dogs. Just a small amount of xylitol; it can cause a drop in blood sugar with siezures. It's better to be safe than sorry!
2. Stay with your dogs when they are outside!
Make sure your dog is safe from being teased, overly excited, or frightened by the children and people running around and yelling while wearing costumes.
3. Keep your dog away from the door!
The doorbell will be ringing, your door will be opening and closing, and there will be tons of strangers in unusaul costumes. You want to avoid fearful or aggressive reactions, so put your dog in another room confined and safe. This will also prevent them from bolting out the door into the night.
4. Watch out for Halloween plants!
Gourds, corn, etc. are usually nontoxic, but can cause stomach upset if digested in large amounts. An intestinal blockage can happen if large pieces are swallowed.
5. Blow out the candles!
Pumpkins should not be lit around your pet. If they get too close, they risk burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.
6. Cords and wires need to stay hidden!
If dogs chew on them, they run the risk of a life-threatening electrical shock.
7. Don't dress your pet unless they love it!
Make sure the costume you choose isn't irritating or unsafe, doesn't constrict movement, hearing, or breathing.
8. Do a runway show!
Try on the costume for your pet the night before to make sure they're comfortable. If they seem stressed out then let them go out how they normally would. You can try a festive bandana or a cute hair bow.
Having the proper identifcation will increase their chances of coming home to you, (should they escape or get lost.) Update your information with your vet office!
10. November 1st!
When you let your dog out or go a walk the next morning, make sure they don't get into any candy. Be EXTRA alert.
Inspired by AKC family dog magazine