It’s almost Halloween and whether your dog loves the trick-or-treaters at the door or cowers in the corner at the sight of their costumes, you’ll want to ensure that your favorite canine has a safe holiday. Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club for a safe Halloween for your favorite dog.
1) Chocolate and sweets may be free flowing, but it’s important to remember that candy and chocolate are not well tolerated by a dog’s digestive system. Be sure to keep your Halloween loot out of Fido’s reach.
2) Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that your dog doesn’t need his regular walk. If possible, take your dog out while it’s still light. If you find yourself out walking amongst Halloween revelers, take note of candy, wrappers and other items that may be littering yards and sidewalks and keep your dog away from them.
3) All of the excitement of people at the door, especially those in costume, may be a lot for your dog to handle. Keep your dog in a secure room to ensure that they don’t run out the front door or frighten trick-or-treaters.
4) If your dog is friendly and you want to allow him or her to greet the trick-or-treaters, keep your dog on leash so he or she doesn’t run out the front door or scare your visitors.
5) Canine costumes are fun for humans, but aren’t always fun for dogs. If you dress your dog up, supervise him or her at all times. Check that the costume does not affect your dog’s breathing, eyesight, or hearing.
6) Don’t leave your dog unattended in the yard, even if he’s behind a fence. Unfortunately, Halloween is a time for pranks and there’s always the chance that someone will feed your dog harmful treats.
7) Keep carved Jack-o-Lanterns and candles out of reach of wagging tails. If your dog knocks one over it could burn him or start a fire.