Hey dog moms! Halloween is understandably one of your favorite holidays, but it might not be for your four-legged best friend.
Of course, every dog handles situations differently, just like people do. Some dogs might be totally ok with the changes going on for All Hallows’ Eve, while others might get really upset.
Some of the things that can obviously get kind of scary for them are seeing people in costumes and having trick-or-treaters frequently ringing your doorbell or knocking on your door.
These two things alone are really out of the ordinary, and most dogs want to do everything they can to keep their home and you safe from strangers and strange things.
Don’t worry, we’ll make sure your best friend has a Happy Halloween with these tips to keep your dog safe!
Be Careful With Costumes
I love dressing my dogs up for Halloween, but it’s a good idea to do it for the picture and then take it off, and here’s why.
Small pieces on your dog’s costume like a crown or hat can end up being something they chew on if you aren’t monitoring what they are doing. While that might not seem like a big deal, trust me, you do not want to end up at the vet with an issue like this. It could cost your dog his or her life.
You also have to take care of anything that ties around their necks for obvious reasons.
Check Out The Choking Hazards
This one might not be something you immediately think of when you think of Halloween, but there are a lot of potential choking hazards around for this holiday.
If you leave one of their costumes on, they could get that off and chew on pieces of it. Another thing to worry about is your Halloween decorations! Make sure nothing is on your dog’s level that they could get into and choke on.
Candy wrappers can also completely pose a choking hazard so be sure they are out of reach of your dog at all times.
Find A Quiet Space
This first safety suggestion is perfect for two reasons. You’re going to be opening and closing the door all night as you fill up candy buckets, which means there will be plenty of opportunities for your dog to potentially get loose.
Finding a nice quiet space in your house to keep your dog in eliminates the chances of them finding their way out the door along with the trick-or-treaters.
Another reason why finding them their own space for the night? It should help keep them calmer and less stressed than being in the mix with all the action going on at your front door.
Get Some Background Noise
Once you get your best friend situated in their own room, turn on some background noise for them to help them destress. A non-action movie or TV show is perfect. Or play a podcast!
Secure The Loot
I’m sure you already know chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but you might not know that there’s a common ingredient in candy that’s also detrimental for them too.
It’s called Xylitol, and it’s a sweetener found not only in candy but many foods as well. Your dog only needs to eat a small amount of this to have dire consequences.
So, secure the loot. Keep candy in cabinets that are high-up so your dog can’t get to them.
Make Sure Kids Know…
If you have children, make sure they know not to give any candy to your four-legged best friend.
Sometimes children want to generously share anyway! I have a 3-year-old nephew that comes to my house a lot, and he always wants to give my dogs whatever he is eating even though we talk about it.
…But Just Keep An Eye On Things Anyway
Be sure to keep an eye on things anyway so your dog doesn’t eat anything that could be toxic to them. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your dog’s health!
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