5 Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
Kids (or maybe you) love trick-or-treating. You get your costume, your candy bucket, and you’re ready to go. Your dog, though, may need a few additional accessories. The first things you’ll need to make sure and bring are some of his favorites: water, snacks, and toys. Walking around your neighborhood can be a long, hard night on your dog so make sure he has enough to keep his energy up. You may be up for going to every house, but your dog may reach a point where he’s ready to go home. Don’t force him to go with you, but instead have a plan to bring him back home.
The first thing you need to do when dressing up your dog for Halloween is take a lot of pictures. Dogs in costumes make the cutest pictures. In all seriousness, though, make sure your dog loves the costume. Some dogs don’t enjoy dressing up. Some absolutely love it. Never force your dog to wear a costume. If they show distressed or abnormal behavior, then consider other alternatives, such as a bandana!
Decorating for Halloween is always fun. Carving pumpkins, hanging spooky decorations, and completely transforming your house is fun for the whole family. However, don’t forget to consider your dog’s needs. One tip when it comes to jack-o-lanterns is instead of real candles, consider LED candles or glow sticks. Make sure your dog can’t access the LED candles and glow sticks, though! They can be harmful to your dog. Pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic for your dog but remember it can cause stomach discomfort if he continues to nibble on it. If the pumpkin is moldy and he takes a bite, then contact your vet.
Halloween is a time when people can lose track of things. People are coming to and from your house, kids everywhere, parties, you name it! Don’t let your dog be something you lose track of. Halloween is a great time to remind yourself to check your dog’s tags. Make sure his address and phone number are up to date on his tags. If he does slip out of the house and is found, then it’ll be easy to ensure he makes it home. Microchipping is also an option for your dog.
5. Have fun!
These are just some tips to make sure your dog has the best time with you. Take lots of pictures, dress them up, play with them, and have a great time. The most important thing to remember is your dog wants to spend time with you and loves your company.