Dog safety during Halloween season is a real concern, and this weekend I’m sure there will be lots of Halloween parties and events. Many dogs are frightened, and there are many dangers lurking around your home that you need to protect your dog from as well. Don’t let anyone get hurt! Follow these simple tips to help keep your furry friend safe.
7 Tips For Dog Safety During Halloween Season
1. Keep Pets Inside
Whether you have a fenced yard, a well behaved dog, or just want to go for a walk, keep your dog indoors during trick or treat time. There are so many things that can spook a dog. This time of year, there are also cruel ghosts and goblins who will tease dogs, or worse yet, open gates to let them out. Make sure and get your dog out well in advance of dusk, and keep her inside for the night.
2. Is Your Dog Wearing Proper ID
If your dog never wears a collar, Halloween is the one day where maybe she should. Hopefully she is microchipped, but the collar with tags provides an added layer of protection in the event something happens. If the door happens to be open, she gets spooked, and darts out the door, you want her to be found and returned home. You never know what might be going on with the kids going up and down the streets. Sometimes dogs who are never frightened may be frightened by all the commotion outdoors on Halloween.
3. Should Fido Wear A Costume
Halloween alone causes a lot of stress for dogs. If your dog isn’t used to wearing clothes or costumes, don’t force them into a Halloween costume. If you must dress them up, do it before the big day and take photos at that time. Putting a costume on a dog who is having Halloween anxiety issues is cruel.
4. Beware of candles
Many people still put candles in their pumpkins, some have fires in their yards if it is cold out. Keep your dog away from the flames. A waggy tail can easily catch fire by wagging over a burning candle.
5. Kids In Costumes Can Be Frightening
Your own kids in their costumes may be no big deal for your dog, but when strange kids start appearing at your door, often in large groups demanding candy, it can cause fear in dogs. It is best to keep your dog away from the door. Put them in a room with the TV on or music playing, or in their kennel with stuffed a Kong, or something to keep them busy. Even the non stop ringing of the doorbell can be irritating to not only the dog, but to humans! I know my mom can’t stand it, so we usually disappear on Halloween.
6. Candy Needs To Be Out Of A Dog’s Reach
Halloween candy is a huge danger to dogs. Much of the candy contains ingredients that are harmful to dogs. Make sure to keep the candy out of your dog’s reach. Teach the kids not to feed the dog any candy. When walking your dog later Halloween night or the next day, watch out on the street for candy and wrappers kids may have left behind. You don’t want to have to rush your dog to the vet for ingesting candy.
7. Your Dog May Need Anxiety Meds
If your dog is super anxious on Halloween, it may be a good time to try some anxiety medication. CBD oil or treats are a good option, or consult with your veterinarian for other recommendations. Plan ahead so your dog is ready before the hoards of costumed kids hit the streets.
If you follow these 7 tips for dog safety during the Halloween season, you will all be able to enjoy the festivities without worry. Remember these tips during pre-Halloween parties as well. In most cases, the best option is to put your furry friend in her kennel, or a room in your house where she is away from all the ruckus. She will feel better, and your worries will be put to rest.
Don’t forget to enter the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! It runs through October 30th! Madison has the trick so you can enter to win up to $1500 in prizes! It sound like a spooktacular deal to me, and no one gets creeped out because it is all online!