Halloween is another one of those holidays that can be stressful for dogs. Strange-looking people knocking on doors and ringing doorbells are causes for alarm in a lot of dogs. Besides the stress it may cause, there are other potential dangers on October 31st.
Here are ways to keep your dog safe on Halloween:
Keep the trick-or-treat candy away from your dog
Candy is not good for dogs, and some candies can actually be lethal. Many Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol that can be poisonous to dogs.
Other common candy dangers for pets include:
- Wrappers, string, and sticks that accompany candy may cause a blockage that requires medical attention.
- Raisins can cause death in dogs, and many nuts are also dangerous if ingested.
- Chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous and even lethal for dogs. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.
Do not leave your dog outside on Halloween
Pranksters could tease, injure, or steal your pets on Halloween night. Keep your pets safe inside the house.
Keep your dog confined and away from the door
The continually ringing doorbell or knocking, and the door’s constant opening and closing may upset pets. Also, their protective instinct could range from fear and anxiety to aggression and escape attempts. Keep your pet as far away as possible from the door to avoid holiday pet runaways.
Keep Halloween pumpkins and corn out of your dog’s reach.
These vegetables can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can occur if they swallow large pieces of pumpkin or a corncob.
Do not leave lit pumpkins or electrical cords unattended around pets.
If your pet gets too close, they could burn themselves or knock the pumpkin over and cause a fire. If your dog chews on the cords, they are in danger of receiving a life-threatening electric shock.
If you choose to have your pet wear a costume, try them on before Halloween.
For some pets, wearing a costume can cause stress. The ASPCA and PetMD recommend not putting your dog in a costume if they are uncomfortable. The costume should not limit your dog’s movement, sight, or ability to breathe, or bark. If they show any sign of not liking the costume, don’t force the issue.
Keep your dog easily identifiable.
Always make sure your pet is wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet. If your dog should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned to you. Make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet has an embedded microchip.