On Halloween, creepy and spooky creatures roam the streets, walk up to the house, and sometimes Master even lets some of these freaky things into the house. What’s the little darling Doggie to do? To say he’s frightened is putting it mildly.
Turns out he is scared, plain and simple. But the family isn’t paying him any mind. They have no clue that this Halloween bit is frightening and may even be a little hazardous for Doggie.
It might be the best idea to put Doggie into a place of safety until the tricks and treats calm down for the evening. Move Doggie out of the main traffic area so he cannot dart out the door or bite a creature out of fright or from overprotectiveness. Look in on him occasionally; bring him a treat and tell him “Doggie is a goof boy.” If he gets truly upset about the whole Halloween business, consider moving him in with someone for a couple of hours that has no spooky frenzy or visitors coming and going.
Be mindful that cocoa in chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Usually a point of reference is the darker the chocolate, the more deadly it can be to Doggie. Small dogs are particularly susceptible to chocolate so be extra careful. And another thing that is highly toxic for dogs are grapes and raisins. Never, ever let them have even one grape or raisin – the toxicity hits their kidneys and shuts them down.
If Doggie gorges on candy, wrapper and all, it’s especially important to move the candy up high and totally out of his reach. Doggie could get an intestinal blockage and that can mean some serious vet bills.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in some chewing gums and baked goods. It’s been proven to be poisonous for Doggie, too. Already mentioned once, raisins are found in a great many healthy treats for kids, but they are poisonous for Doggie.
Exercise caution with Halloween decorations, especially candles. Doggie could knock them over or get his tail in a flame. He should not be allowed or trusted near them.
If Doggie gets dressed up for Halloween, avoid covering his eyes with anything. His nose should always remain free of any article of clothing, a mask or obstruction. His costume should not restrict his movements. Let Doggie get used to his costume a few days before any festivities so he’ll feel comfy and get used to it. By all means, don’t leave Doggie alone when he’s all dressed up to party.
Doggie should have his identification and tags just in case he manages to run out with one of the strange creatures that comes knocking on the door.
That four-footed family member can find hazards on a day like Halloween that you may not have thought of so be certain he’s safe. If he gets into forbidden candy or chocolate, contact a veterinarian or clinic at once since quick response can be a life saver.
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