Halloween can be a spooky time of year...not just for humans, but for dogs, too! If you're a dog owner, it's important to take some extra steps to make sure your furry friend stays safe during this holiday. Here are six tips to help you out.
1. Keep them away from the front door.
Visitors coming to your door can be scary enough for some dogs but add in the fact that many people are dressed up in costumes, and it can be downright overwhelming. For the safety of your dog (and your visitors), it's best to keep them in another room away from all the commotion.
2. Watch out for candy.
We all know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but did you know that other types of candy can be harmful, too? Lollipops and gum containing xylitol can cause low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs, while hard candies can pose a choking hazard. So, it's best to err on the side of caution and keep all candy away from curious pups.
3. Be careful with decorations.
From fake spiderwebs to jack-o-lanterns, Halloween decorations can be fun for humans but dangerous for dogs. If ingested, items like fake cobwebs can cause gastrointestinal blockages, while electric lights and candles can lead to burns. So take some time to do a thorough inspection of your home before letting your dog roam freely about.
4. Consider their costume carefully.
If you decide to dress up your dog for Halloween, choose their costume wisely. It should be well-fitting (but not too tight), comfortable, and easy to see out of. Avoid anything with small parts that could pose a choking hazard or get caught on something, and always supervise them closely while they're wearing it.
5. Don't forget their ID tags.
With all the commotion of Halloween night, there's always a chance that your dog could escape from the safety of your home. Make sure they're wearing their collar and ID tags so that they can be quickly reunited with you if they do happen to get lost.
6. Keep an eye on them at all times.
No matter how well-behaved your dog is, it's always important to keep an eye on them during Halloween (and any other time!). Supervise them closely so you can catch any potential hazards before they have a chance to cause harm.
Halloween is a fun time of year for humans—but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's fun for dogs, too. If you're a dog owner, use these tips to help keep your furry friend safe during this spooky season!
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