1) The sugary treats we enjoy are not safe for dogs. Chocolate in particular can be very dangerous for our furry friends. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many candies, can also cause health problems. If you suspect that your dog has gotten his paws on some Halloween goodies, don’t hesitate to call your vet.
2) As cute as it may be, not all dogs enjoy getting into costume. It can be very stressful for dogs to be dressed up when they don’t enjoy it, so it’s best to simply skip the costume if your dog doesn’t think it’s as fun as you do. If your dog does enjoy the costume festivities, make sure you select a costume that fits properly and does not restrict the dog’s movement, and avoid small pieces that may be chewed or swallowed.
3) Giving your dog a safe, quiet spot can help prevent stress and overexcitement, as well as the risk of your dog slipping out the door as Trick-or-Treaters come and go from your home. You may even try leaving your candy in a bowl on the porch so Trick-or-Treaters don’t have to ring the bell or knock.
4) Halloween is a good time for dogs to stay inside. People dressed up in strange costumes can be frightening for dogs, and they may try to bolt out of fear. Even if you have a fenced yard, make sure your dogs are well supervised if they need to go out. Pets are often targeted for pranks and other mischief, especially dark-colored pets.
written by Michelle Huntting