How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Halloween

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There are few things in life cuter than seeing your dog dressed up in horns and a red cape on Halloween. But for dogs and their families, Halloween should also be a time for caution. To ensure that both your children and dogs enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:

  • Dogs can easily become anxious and frightened when the doorbell is being constantly rung by children in strange clothes and masks. Confining your dog to their own safe haven for the evening (like a crate or a closed room) can help calm the nerves and prevent them from running out of the constantly opening front door.
  • If you walk your dog around the neighbourhood while children are trick-or-treating, be sure to use a sturdy collar, or harness and leash, and be careful around unfamiliar children and adults. Again, the costumes and masks may make your dog uncomfortable and frightened.
  • Be sure your dog is wearing identification tags with your name and phone number on them in case you become separated or they escape from the house.
  • If you're dressing your dog for Halloween, use safe, non-flammable and non-toxic items that your dog is comfortable in and that doesn’t restrict movement, breathing or vision.
  • Lastly, keep all sweets out of your dog's reach — especially chocolate, which is toxic to dogs. Consumption of even small amounts can cause seizures, muscle tremors and vomiting while larger doses can be fatal. Stick to dog treats and your dog will be just as happy.

Following these simple tips will help keep your dog safe, healthy and out of any scary trouble this Halloween.

Do you also have cats? Learn how to have a safe Halloween with your cat.