4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

All Hallows’ Eve, or in canine lingo, All Howls’ Eve, is one of the most anticipated nights of the year.

Trick-or-treaters, colorful costumes, and spooky sweets are only a few ways to celebrate, but dogs may see these festivities in a very different way.

Loud music, large groups of people, and strange foods and sounds can be very unnerving for a dog.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your lucky dog safe this Halloween:

  1. Candy is dangerous — Chocolate, in any form, along with artificial sweeteners in candy, is poisonous to dogs. Should your dog ingest chocolate or candy, contact your local animal poison control center.
  2. Keep your dog indoors —Strangers walking by, including pranksters, may scare, tease or injure your pet throughout the night. Keep your dog indoors and away from the trick-or-treater door just to be on the safe side.
  3. Costumes can be stressful — Although they may look cute in them, some dogs don’t appreciate wearing clothes. This may cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Only keep your dog in a costume if they are completely comfortable and relaxed wearing it.
  4. Keep your home hazard-free — Lit pumpkins, glow sticks, electric and non-electric decorations could be dangerous your pet accidentally knock them over. Keep your dog confined to a designated safe area.

Happy Halloween to you and your lucky dog!

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