The Nitty-Gritty of Keeping Your Dogs Safe on Halloween
If you enjoy Halloween as much as we do, you’re busy planning your costume and decorations for the spookiest night of the year by now. It’s a fun time for all ages, but we should ensure our pets are having fun as well. In this post, let’s take a look at how we can keep our dogs safe and happy during the festivities.
Keep Candies & Chocolates Out of Reach
Candies, gums, and chocolates are on the list of food you should not give to your pets. Most of these sweets contain artificial sweeteners called xylitol that cause your pets’ blood sugar to drop dangerously. Effects of xylitol ingestion on pets can range from seizures to liver failure. A small amount of chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, while chocolate eaten in large doses can lead to seizures and death.
Any dog who has eaten chocolate should be closely monitored for at least 6 to 12 hours, as effects last up to 72 hours. Not only should you keep sweets away, make sure that wrappers are also properly disposed to prevent throat and stomach blockages.
Resist Uncomfortable Pet Costumes
If you love dressing up in a skimpy cat woman or Superman costume, don’t do the same thing to your dogs if they’re resisting. Most dogs will get stressed by wearing costumes. Cute as they may look to you, avoid making them do things like wear ill-fitting pet costumes just to join the festivities.
Try themed collars and leash or a bandanna if your dogs are resistant to costumes. If they don’t mind the costumes, simply avoid buttons and accessories that can be chewed off and pose as a choking hazard. Letting your pets wear costumes is absolutely okay as long as they are comfortable and do not block their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.
Microchip or Let Dogs Wear ID Tags
It’s one of the busiest, most festive nights of the year. Humans can easily get distracted and lose their furkids. Dogs may be drawn to an exciting sniffing adventure and lose you as well.
Make sure your dog has proper identification like ID tags or a microchip, so it’s easy for you to locate him or for people to return him to you in case he strays too far. However, for the microchip to be an effective tool in reuniting you with your lost dog, register the microchip and always keep your contact details up to date.
Glowsticks are Cute on Humans, Not on Your Dogs
We love glow sticks! They’re especially fun to use on Halloween and with different varieties such as necklaces, bracelets, and wands, humans are clamoring to integrate them into their own costumes. Our pets are drawn to interesting things, especially those that look out of the ordinary and our favorite glow jewelry are highly attractive to them.
The liquid stuff inside is called DBP (dibutyl phthalate), and although DBP is not toxic to dogs, it can certainly make your pets act strange — unusually hyperactive, aggressive or agitated, drooling and excessively foaming at the mouth. The plastic housing can cause stomach or throat blockage. Case in point: don’t leave your glow sticks lying around. Your furkid will likely chew on them, and become sick or choke on the plastic case.
Keep Pets Away From Decorations
Jack-o-lanterns, candles, wirings for decorations…all these can be quite unsafe around pets. Keep candles on tables or on sturdy consoles where your pets cannot easily reach them. Decorative lighting has wirings that dogs love to chew.
Unfortunately, their chewing behavior can lead to electric shock and even fires. Keep your dogs safe from electrical hazards by keeping these wirings out of sight, like tucking them behind furniture. Some dog owners make their cords unappealing by spraying homemade concoctions that keep their pets away.
Offer Dog-Friendly Treats
Dogs should have fun on Halloween as well. And what’s fun without treats? Since your furkids can’t have candies and chocolates, offer them all-natural chew treats that will keep their boredom at bay.
Bully sticks are some of the long-lasting, delicious chews that furkids absolutely adore. Bored, anxious and stressed dogs chew on anything they can get their paws on. By giving them yummy treats, their attention will be diverted from your Halloween decorations.
Keep Anxious Dogs Calm in a Secure Place
Then there are furkids who can’t stand strangers and loud noise. Your dog might be in his senior years or not feeling well, and doesn’t want to be bothered with strange people. Stressed and anxious dogs have a tendency to become aggressive and bite.
Set up a room in your house that’s away from the hustle and bustle of trick-or-treating. Make sure your furkid is fed and comfortable before attending to your Halloween to-dos.
In conclusion, you can take the stress of Halloween and pets away this year by taking these easy safety precautions. Whether you choose to go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood or stay home, you can be sure your furkid is safe and secure with these 7 safety tips for Halloween.